HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The shocking news that Kobe Bryant‘s season came to an abrupt end with a probable torn left Achilles Friday night spread through the basketball world like an emotional tidal wave.
Pundits and fans, friends and foes alike, everyone is digesting the news that even if the Lakers make the playoffs, Bryant’s work this season is done. Reactions from around the basketball universe (and beyond):
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 13, 2013
Damn man i feel bad for @kobebryant . If there's anybody and i mean anybody who can come back from that injury it would be him! Best wishes!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 13, 2013
Prayers out to my man @kobebryant. Hoping for a speedy recovery and there is absolutely no doubt he'll be back strong!
— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 13, 2013
Woke up to some very bad news that my lil brother and close friend kobe could have a partial torn Achilles I'm very sadden by this
— Gary Payton (@GaryPayton_20) April 13, 2013
Kobe is 1 of tha greatest 2 do it ! Keep ya head up.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 13, 2013
— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) April 13, 2013
— DeJuan Blair (@DeJuan45) April 13, 2013
No !! !!!
— George Lopez (@georgelopez) April 13, 2013
damnit i love kobe
— Flea (@flea333) April 13, 2013
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) April 13, 2013
He left it all on the hardwood.
— Steve Smith (@steve21smith) April 13, 2013
Bummed about Kobe. League is less fun than it was 3 hours ago. Hope he comes back 100%. PS: no way Phil Jackson plays him 47 mins a night.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 13, 2013
Not a joke ! The truth stupid… I know- FatherTime is no joke!
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) April 13, 2013
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 13, 2013
Tough way to finish that game. Ill take Carl with the elbow jump shot any day of the week! Hate to see Kobe walk off like that hope he's ok
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 13, 2013
Recess, high school, summers at 15, little league, road trips, surf sessions-KB is something you wish lasted as long as these memories
— Brent Barry (@Barryathree) April 13, 2013
Now, inevitably, comes the blame game…should D'Antoni have rested Kobe longer in these games? And was fatigue even a factor in this?
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) April 13, 2013
Oh don't worry, @kobebryant WILL be back. Dat boy good!!
— Damien Wilkins (@dwilkins3000) April 13, 2013
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) April 13, 2013
Perhaps somewhere in a quiet gym in the coming months, Kobe will realize he is just 675 pts behind MJ and push it just a little harder #Vino
— nbabeau (@NBABeau) April 13, 2013