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Kobe Bryant, perhaps the best player of his generation, suffered a torn left Achilles tendon Friday night, ending his season and putting into question his Hall of Fame career.
With tears in his eyes, the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar confirmed the worst news to hit the team in a season already full of heartbreaking disappointments.
Bryant sustained the injury in his left leg in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday. If the Lakers make the playoffs, their chances of doing anything without Bryant are nil.
“Just terrible,” Bryant said. “It’s a terrible feeling, man.”
Bryant will undergo an MRI on Saturday, but the team is calling the injury a “probable” and “complete tear.”
Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter while being guarded by the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. Bryant had played every minute of the game up to that point, scoring 32 points in the process — including back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with 3:45 remaining. “I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped,” said Bryant.