If the L.A. Lakers make the playoffs, Kobe Bryant will not be joining them. The star guard apparently tore his Achilles on Friday night -- the requisite MRI will come on Saturday to verify -- and is expected to be out of action for several months. Given how hard Kobe has worked to keep the Lakers alive in the playoff race, playing long minutes through injuries all season long, he's no doubt disappointed he won't be able to finish the job.
In a post-game interview in which Kobe fought back emotion repeatedly, Kobe told reporters it is in fact the biggest disappointment of his career "by far." Check out the full interview, which is filled with lots of Kobe goodness.
The courage of the man who asks Kobe is this was the final game of his career at this moment is to be commended and ridiculed at the same time.
Also notable is Kobe's acknowledgment of the arguments to come that Bryant will never be the same player. He said he can already hear these comments, and they are fuel for him to come back stronger than ever.
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