Another NBA star suffers major injury

Another NBA star suffers major injury

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 11:19

Kobe Bryant suffered a probable torn Achilles tendon late Friday night at the end of a win against Golden State.

The Lakers are battling Utah for the final playoff spot in the West, but whether they get in or not, Bryant won't be on the floor. He's expected to have an MRI exam Saturday to confirm the initial diagnosis, but already started contemplating retirement on his Facebook page.

Bryant will turn 35 in August and has 1,450 games under his belt, including playoffs, in 17 NBA seasons. This will be a tough injury to come back from. Isiah Thomas' playing career ended with a torn Achilles.

The Lakers weren't expected to be much of a factor in the playoffs, anyway, but this is yet another subtraction to the coming postseason. Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Denver's Danilo Gallinari are out with torn ACLs. New York might be without its primary big men in Tyson Chandler (bulging disc) and Amare Stoudemire (knee).

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