According to multiple reports, Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant has received results from his MRI earlier today and the news is not good. Bryant has suffered a ruptured achilles tendon and is facing at a minimum six and at a maximum as much as nine months of rehab before he will be able to return to action.
Due to the results of the MRI, Bryant will undergo surgery later today in Los Angeles and will begin his rehabilitation after recovering from the procedure. The bad timing of the injury to Bryant is just unfathomable given the Lakers were in the middle of a run for the final playoff spot in the NBA Western Conference, and Bryant was doing more than his part in working to get them there and having a chance at another Championship run.
The questions now will inevitably turn to what the injury means for Bryant’s future not only with the Lakers, but in the NBA. Will he be willing to do the work to rehab from the injury for a chance to come back at some point in the 2013-2014 season? Will this injury be the final straw that forces him away from the game we all know he loves so much? How quickly will the decision be made?
Obviously, these are just some of the storylines that will emerge in coming days as Bryant recovers from the surgical procedure in private, and then comes back into the public eye to begin what could indeed be a very slow rehabilitation process — one that other athletes have certainly endured and come out on the backside better for, but not all.
My bet is that Kobe Bryant isn’t done just yet, he’s hardly the type to allow circumstances outside of his control to determine when he is done with something — especially when that “something” is the career he has dedicated the majority of his 34 years to — the last 16 of those being with the Purple and Gold.