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Basketball: Bryant out for up to 9 months with torn Achilles


Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant faces up to nine months on the sidelines after his injury was confirmed as a torn Achilles, the NBA team said Saturday.

Bryant had left the court in agony toward the end of Friday's 118-116 win over Golden State and later declared his season over.

The Lakers confirmed he now faced between six and nine months on the sidelines following the injury.

Bryant is schedule to have surgery on Saturday to repair the damage, said Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti.

Vitti described it as a "third rupture."

"It is gone. It has to be sewn back together," said Vitti.

Bryant said immediately after the game that he felt a "pop" as he tried to beat Harrison Barnes to the outside with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter of Friday night's tight contest.

"I felt like I got kicked. It is a move I make a million times and pop," Bryant said. "Just a freak situation I guess."

Bryant later vented in the early morning hours Saturday on his social network Facebook page saying that he isn't sure he can come back 100 percent from the rehabilitation.

"This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times!," Bryant wrote on Facebook.

"The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??"