L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon late in the team's win over Golden State last night and is finished for the rest of the NBA season.
Standing on crutches in front of his locker, sweaty game uniform on his back and tears in his eyes, Kobe confirmed the news, and his disappointment.
"Just terrible," Bryant said. "It's a terrible feeling, man."
Bryant will undergo an MRI on Saturday, but the team is calling the injury a "probable" and "complete tear" that will end his 2012-13 season immediately.
Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining while being guarded by Harrison Barnes. The defender did NOT kick him, and that's why Kobe feared the worst.
"I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped," said Bryant. "I was just hoping it wasn't what I knew it was. Just trying to walk it off."
"Hoping that the sensation would come back, but no such luck."
Following a timeout, Bryant went back in and hit both of his free throws with the injury to end his night with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists.
He was replaced by Metta World Peace and went to the locker room.
"MRI, surgery and then recovery," the husband of Vanessa Bryant said of his plans. "I was really tired, man. Just tired in the locker room and dejected."
"Thinking about this mountain to overcome. I mean, this is a long process. I wasn't sure I could do it. Then your kids walk in and you're like, 'I need to set an example.'"
"I can do it. Work hard and just go from there."