The Los Angeles Lakers came away with a huge win Friday night over the Golden State Warriors, and remain one game ahead of the Utah Jazz who also managed to squeak by the Minnesota Timberwolves. In a night where Pau Gasol recorded an incredible triple-double, it was overshadowed by the possibility of the Lakers receiving their final blow to their playoff hopes.
Kobe Bryant played nearly the entire game before leaving late in the fourth quarter over what appeared to be a foot injury. After the game, Bryant had this to say:
“I can’t walk. I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there.”
Following the game, reports indicated the Lakers announced Bryant may have suffered a torn Achilles tendon and will have an MRI this weekend to determine if it’s true.
As I have said previously, Bryant’s body just has not held up this year like it did in years past. He has already said that 2014 will be his last season playing in the NBA, but after an injury like this, will he consider calling it quits even earlier than that?
Bryant said earlier this year to NBA.com that his body has given him more pain and problems this past season than in any season he can remember, and that he is literally putting his body “through hell.”
It’s quite a terrible sight to see for any NBA fan, and even harder to imagine that he could be done. But, as he has stated, his body cannot endure the length and demands of a full season anymore.
This can only make us wonder the absolute worst possible scenario–did Bryant play his last game as a pro if he did in fact tear his Achilles tendon? Or, will he decide to put his body through another year of “hell” come the fall?