The Lakers' official Twitter account reported that Kobe likely suffered a torn Achilles:
Lakers PR team saying Kobe Bryant suffered a probable torn Achilles in tonight’s game. He’ll have a MRI tomorrow to confirm.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2013
The news is devastating not only to Lakers fans, but fans of the NBA in general. The Lakers have been depending on Kobe to help push them into the playoffs, but now that isn't going to happen.
With the horrible news, Twitter reacted to the Black Mamba's injury.
Dave McMenamin shared this about the reaction in the Lakers locker room:
You can see Kobe's injury on the face of every person in this Lakers locker room: players, coaches, PR, attendants, even media.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 13, 2013
Tim Reynolds brought in his opinion about people criticizing Mike D’Antoni for playing Kobe too much:
People blaming D'Antoni for this is ridiculous.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 13, 2013
Just watched @kobebryant press conference & I could feel the pain in his voice & know the feeling of pain in his heart— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 13, 2013
If there's any good news out of this, it's this response by Kobe, courtesy of SportsCenter:
"Are you kidding?" - Kobe Bryant when asked if his career is over.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 13, 2013
Marc Stein got another encouraging quote from Kobe:
"It's fueling me. It's fueling me already. I can feel it." Doesn't sound to me like @kobebryant sees this as a career-ending injury— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 13, 2013
It's clearly a tragic event, and the sports world has been shaken because of the injury to Kobe, Vino, the Black Mamba or whatever you want to call him.