Bryant expected out 6-9 months after Achilles surgery

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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was scheduled to have surgery Saturday on his torn left Achilles tendon and is expected to need six to nine months to recover.

Bryant sustained the injury during Friday night's 118-116 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors. He left the game limping with 3:08 remaining.

"When something like this happens, everybody wants to know why and there's not always a reason why," Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told reporters after practice Saturday. "If you look at our season, it's been a nightmare."

Bryant joins teammates Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill and Metta World Peace, who have all had surgery this season. Antawn Jamison is scheduled to have wrist surgery in the offseason.

Vitti said Bryant's left foot will be immobilized for about a month. Bryant has not been ruled for next season's opener. However, he said the injury is a "complete rupture."

"It's gone," he said. "So, it has to be sewn back together."

Torn Achilles tendons generally take three months to a year from which to recover.

Bryant took to Facebook to vent his frustration early Saturday morning.

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

"I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me. ... Then again maybe not! It's 3:30 am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I'm wide awake.

"Forgive my Venting but what's the purpose of social media if I won't bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn Achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.

"One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day. ..."
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