Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Undergoes Successful Surgery On Achilles

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles LakersThe Lakers head athletic trainer, Gary Vitti, confirmed this morning that Kobe Bryant had a “third-degree rupture” on his Achilles tendon. The injury was sustained last night in the final minute of the Lakers win over the Golden State Warriors. Kobe has been given a timetable of six to nine months for his recovery. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said today that the beginning of next season is a realistic goal for his return.

Kobe made the decision to have surgery almost immediately. According to Lakers public relations, Kobe Bryant underwent a successful surgery this afternoon. Here is the full press release.

“Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who injured his left Achilles tendon late in the fourth quarter of last night’s 118-116 victory over Golden State, had an MRI exam this morning which confirmed a torn Achilles tendon.

After confirmation of the injury, Bryant elected to have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon. The successful surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months.

The NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer, Bryant currently ranks third in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 27.3 points, to go along with 5.6 rebounds, a team-high 6.0 assists, 1.36 steals and 38.6 minutes in 78 games this season.”

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