Kobe Bryant likely out 6-9 months

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors (Photo: http://sports.yahoo.com/)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors (Photo: http://sports.yahoo.com/)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had surgery on Saturday afternoon to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left leg and is expected to need six to nine months to recover, the team announced.

When something like this happens, everybody wants to know why and there’s not always a reason why. If you look at our season, it’s been a nightmare,” longtime trainer Gary Vitti said after Lakers practice Saturday. “We had a player come in with a surgery, which was Dwight Howard. Then we had Steve Nash break his leg. Then we had Steve Blake have an abdominal surgery. Then we had Jordan Hill with a hip surgery. Then we had Metta (World Peace) with a knee surgery. We also had Dwight with a (torn) labrum in his shoulder. Antawn Jamisonwill have surgery after the season is over on his wrist. So, when you try to look at the whys, it’s bad luck.” Read more on ESPN.com

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