Kobe Bryant’s 2012-13 season ended in gruesome fashion when he tore his left Achilles tendon during an April game against the Warriors. Well it actually ended after the Lakers’ All-Star guard walked back onto the court after a timeout to take two free throws following the initial injury. That decision to keep playing rather than head immediately to the locker room — not to mention the fact that he made both shots — will always have a place in Kobe lore. While speaking with Nike employees at the apparel manufacturer’s Oregon headquarters on Friday Bryant explained what exactly was going through his mind at the time of the injury which occurred as he attempted to drive to his left past Harrison Barnes. “When I first did it right there I was trying to feel if the tendon is there or if it’s gone” Bryant recalled in comments recorded by Nike. “I realized it wasn’t there. I was literally trying to pull the tendon up so hopefully I could walk and kind of hobble through the last two and a half minutes and try to play.” It’s safe to say that the free throws were just the beginning of his plan.
Kobe Bryant says he tried to ‘pull the tendon up’ after Achilles injury
SI | Sep 15