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When Kobe Bryant went down with a fracture knee recently, the first thought by many was whether the injury was related to his repaired Achilles’ tendon, especially seeing as the fracture and the tendon are both on his left leg.
However, according to the Black Mamba himself, the fractured knee has nothing to with him returning to the game too soon, neither was it related to his repaired Achilles.
[pullquote]Lakers star Kobe Bryant says his knee injury was not caused by him returning to the lineup too quickly from an Achilles injury in the same leg.
“I don’t think one had anything to do with the other,” Bryant said Wednesday in his first media session since being diagnosed with the fracture last week. “We’ve evaluated it pretty extensively. The fact of the matter is any of us can get hurt at any moment and the key for us as an athlete is to block that fear out.”[/pullquote]
Hopefully, Kobe and the medical team are right about this – they’re basically saying that this injury could’ve happened even if Bryant was playing with a healthy Achilles’ tendon – though it’s still a little worrying to see an aging player get banged up so soon after returning from a major injury. After all, we all saw what happened to Steve Nash after he broke his leg last season.
Hopefully, though, Kobe’s fracture will heal up as planned and he’ll be able to continue his comeback in 2014.