Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant Is Mortal After All

At risk of being overly dramatic, the Los Angeles Lakers lost their warrior on April 12. Kobe Bryant is down, lost to a devastating Achilles injury that may very well end any hope of success this season.

In addition, this type of injury could make it difficult for Bryant to ever return to elite status in the NBA. However, there is long road ahead before that is determined.

To continue the analogy, will the remaining fighters rally around their fallen leader and still storm the castle? Will Howard and company win one for the Black Mamba? Or will the team’s courage falter, causing them to turn and run for cover?

As outlined by Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report, Kobe is clearly frustrated. Who wouldn’t be? This team has certainly battled through their share of ups and downs this season. Just as it seemed like the Lakers would finally ice a playoff spot, this happens.

What is there to say in this situation? Is there any encouragement to offer even the great Kobe Bryant? Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be said.

People get hurt. It happens.

But wait, you say. This isn’t a normal human being. We are talking about Kobe Bryant. This is a guy who has battled through all sorts of nagging injuries and willed his way to a storied career. We are talking about a player with true warrior mentality. Yes, that is true.

The fact remains: basketball can be an unforgiving sport.

Basketball does not create the type of violence of a football field, a hockey rink or a Dodgers-Padres brawl. However, any doctor that has treated basketball-related injuries will tell you that the human body can only take so much.

Conway also asks a very pertinent question about whether Kobe’s minutes contributed to the injury. In a broader sense, there may certainly be a connection between minutes and this specific injury. However, we must again return to the cold, hard fact a...

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