It will be a game without Kobe Bryant in the next six to nine months for the Los Angeles Lakers after the NBA superstar underwent surgery to repair torn Achilles tendon.
In a report from Agence-France Presse, Kobe left the court in agony during Friday's match against Golden State Warriors, with Lakers winning the game 118-116.
Kobe underwent operation the next day, to repair the damage to his torn left Achilles. The surgery was successful but it will take a minimum of six to nine months of recovery, the doctors said.
"Maybe this is how my book ends," he wrote on his Facebook page. "Maybe Father Time has defeated me ... Then again maybe not."
Kobe's teammate Pau Gasol meanwhile said they are going to have to step up their play without him.
"The season has been full of obstacles & difficulties," Gasol said in a Twitter status update. "I am sure we will keep fighting till the very end as we have been doing," he added.
Kobe is the league's fourth all-time leading scorer. He currently ranks third in the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 27.3 points per game. He also averages 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 78 games this season.
[Photo: Jeff Gross, AFP]