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Injured NBA star Bryant may be out for nine months

The 15-time all-star Bryant left the court in agony toward the end of Friday’s 118-116 win over Golden State and later declared his season over.


Kobe Bryant grimaces after injuring himself on Friday. Pic/AFP

Bryant chose to have immediate surgery to repair the damage to his torn left Achilles, undergoing an operation on Saturday.

Lakers head trainer Gary Vitti described the torn tendon as a “third degree rupture.”

“Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months,” Lakers spokesman John Black said.

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