Lakers’ Kobe Bryant undergoes surgery; out 6-9 months

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant underwent surgery on his torn Achilles tendon yesterday, a procedure that he is expected to require six to nine months to recover from, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles.

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti attributed Bryant’s injury to the overall back luck of the team’s season.

"When something like this happens, everybody wants to know why and there's not always a reason why. If you look at our season, it's been a nightmare," longtime trainer Gary Vitti said after Lakers practice Saturday. "We had a player come in with a surgery, which was Dwight Howard. Then we had Steve Nash break his leg. Then we had Steve Blake have an abdominal surgery. Then we had Jordan Hill with a hip surgery. Then we had Metta World Peace with a knee surgery. We also had Dwight with a (torn) labrum in his shoulder. Antawn Jamison will have surgery after the season is over on his wrist. So, when you try to look at the whys, it's bad luck."

Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized for at least a month following the surgery. The guard is aiming to return on the short-end of the recovery winder, which could have him back in time for the start of next season. The season opener seems to be Bryant’s goal.

Bryant’s injury was also confirmed to be a complete rupture of his Achilles tendon. He sustained the injury late in Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

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