Saturday , Apr , 13 , 2013 Paul Eide

Kobe Bryant Tears Achilles, Done For Season (Video)

Of all the drama surrounding the Lakers this season, this is the final act.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: A fitting end to one of the worst Laker seasons in history.

On Friday night, Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles against the Golden State Warriors on this play:

Said Kobe after the game, "Terrible. This is a terrible feeling … Just s— luck. I’m just tired, man," Bryant said. "This is a long mountain to overcome."

How much of it has to do with the amount of minutes Kobe has been playing recently? How much of it is due to the wear and tear of 17 NBA seasons?

In the last seven games, as Kobe attempted to carry the squad into the playoffs, he averaged 45.35 minutes per game, compared to his season average of 36.6. That amount of minutes represents the eighth highest single season total of his career. It wasn’t so much the minutes as it was the minutes combined with the late stage of his career.

As my friend put it this AM, "Kobe was one of those guys that you just think will NEVER get hurt. It was like he was some sort of basketball robot. Once he left the court, they just plugged him in and set him aside in a closet until his next game."

For as shocking as an end to the season this is for Kobe, especially considering how great he had been playing, it’s not a surprise when you consider the kind of season the Lakers have had. Injuries to key players has been the one constant this year, since even before the season began.

With two games remaining, the Lakers have a one game lead on the Utah Jazz for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

How does the team bounce back from having it’s heart ripped out? Who carries the load now as they finish the regular season with a game against the Spurs (the team they would face in the first round) on Sunday, and the regular season finale against the Rockets on Wednesday?

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