Kobe Out for 6 to 9 Months: 'The Anger Is Rage'
Bryant learns he has ruptured Achilles tendon
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2013 3:50 PM CDT
Kobe Bryant puts his head in his hands after being injured during the second half of their game against the Golden State Warriors, Friday, April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

(Newser) – Rotten news for Kobe Bryant: He has a ruptured Achilles tendon that will keep him out for six to nine months, the LA Lakers tweeted today. Asked whether Bryant will play again next year, team trainer Gary Vitti said "that's the plan" on Twitter. But it's a tough blow for the 34-year-old athlete, as he made clear on Facebook even before the MRI was done: "This is such BS!" he wrote. "All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times!"

He went on: "The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. ... Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!?" He even asked whether he should "break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was." But he later posted that a new career awaits him one day—down the road: "Today is NOT that day," he wrote. More than 136,000 people clicked "like" on that post, CNN reports.

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Apr 13, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
I get it, from the aging athlete angle. I find it hard to have a ton of sympathy for the guy, cause, he is a rapist ( allegedly ) and a pretty big jerkoff. He has had a stellar career, so, he'll go down in history. It sucks he got injured though.
Apr 13, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
I really feel sorry for the refs who will now have to work twice as hard to get the lakers into the playoffs.
Apr 13, 2013 6:46 PM CDT
It's time for him to hang it up. I thought his plan was to play in Italy for a year or two at the end of his career. Now would be a good time to go over.