Saturday , May , 18 , 2013 Matt Formica

Kobe tweets photo of Achilles surgery (WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE)

Kobe Bryant has been all over Twitter since he joined a few months back, and on Tuesday, decided to tweet a pretty graphic image of his achilles surgery from a month ago.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  If you get a little queesy, you might not want to look at this picture.  We warned you.

Here is an image Bryant tweeted on May 14th which shows a handful (literally) of doctors working on his torn achilles.  As you can see, the image is pretty graphic.  Isn’t it crazy that doctors just cut you up like that when they perform surgery?

Anyway, Kobe blew out his achilles tendon in a game at Staples Center against the Golden State Warriors on April 12th.  It was a devastating blow to the Lakers who had an up and down season, and were fighting tooth and nail for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture.  The Lakeshow ended up securing the 8th seed, but were swept 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. 

Now all Lakers fans can hope for is Kobe to have the best recovery possible and come back strong.  Achilles tears usually take at least a year to fully recover from, which raises a lot of questions about Bryant’s future.

Before the injury, it was rumored that Kobe would retire at the end of next season.  But knowing Kobe’s competitive spirit, I doubt he’ll go out like that.  Considering he probably won’t be ready to play until the end of next season or by the playoffs (that is, if the Lakers make the playoffs), I would imagine we’ll see Kobe come back and play for the 2014-15 NBA season and retire after that.  He will be 36 years old and 19 season into his career at that point.

But what do you think, Hoopsvibers?  Will we see Kobe playing in the 2013-14 season?  Will he be playing in the season after that?  Leave your comments below.

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