It’s never easy to watch a ball player go down due to injury, especially if that player is an all-time great like Kobe Bryant. In the Lakers win against the Golden State Warriors last night, the Lakers believe that Kobe Bryant may have torn his Achilles and he’s set to undergo an MRI in the morning for confirmation.
“I can’t walk,” Bryant said. “I tried to maybe put pressure on my heel, but there was nothing there.”
Bryant played in much of the second-half and ended up with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists despite the injury and the pain he felt because of it.
The Lakers are the current occupants of the eighth seed in the western conference and lead the Utah Jazz by one game with two games left on the schedule for each team.
The Jazz, despite trailing in the standings are the team that’s in control of their own destiny. Assuming there’s a tie between the Lakers and the Jazz for the eighth spot at the end of the season, the tie-breaker goes to Utah because they beat the Lakers in their season series.
It’s been common public knowledge this season that, IF the Lakers do in fact miss the playoffs that means they will end up with a lottery pick, unfortunately for Laker Nation, that pick will end up going to the Suns; the Suns acquired the right to that pick from the Lakers in the trade that sent Steve Nash to Hollywood this past summer.
The great Kobe Bryant have play through some tough injuries throughout his career, but playing through a tore Achilles is a different ball game. If Bryant indeed tore his Achilles(Which is all but certain), it’ll mean he’s laced up his Nikes for the last time this season; torn Achilles is an injury that typically takes up a full-year to heal from(Billups suffered a similar injury last season).
The Lakers have two games remaining against the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets, two very good teams, and it will undoubtedly be an uphill battle for the Lakers to be without Kobe Bryant as well as former Sun Steve Nash who’s missed the last six games; Nash is labeled as day-to-day but with Bryant out, Nash may be forced back into action early.
The Jazz have two games left on their schedule against the Timberwolves and the Grizzlies; essentially an easier schedule than the Lakers.
The Suns, have nothing to do with the current battle between Utah and L.A for the eighth playoff spot, but the Suns have everything to gain from a Lakers tragedy. If the Lakers do indeed climb into the playoffs, the Suns, instead of receiving a lottery pick from L.A, would receive a first-rounder that belongs to the Heat; a pick that will be the final pick in the first round.