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May 23, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The San Francisco 49ers' Michael Crabtree had surgery Wednesday to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Crabtree sustained the injury Tuesday after he planted his foot to begin a route during an organized team activity. "Surgery was successful and we do not anticipate it will be season-ending for Michael," 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. Harbaugh did not provide a timeline for Crabtree's return, but said he was optimistic that the wide receiver would return this year.
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May 15, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
For those with a strong stomach, Kobe Bryant on Tuesday tweeted a graphic picture of his Achilles' surgery . The image, posted through Instagram , is a striking reminder that Bryant suffered the most significant injury of his career, tearing the tendon on April 12 in a win over the Golden State Warriors. He had surgery the following day. The Lakers project that Bryant will be out a minimum of six months. On Tuesday, he was getting treatment at the team's facility.
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April 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was a simple basketball move, Kobe Bryant spinning toward the basket, dribbling hard to his left. Legendary careers are not supposed to finish this way, but when the Lakers guard collapsed on the floor, clutching his leg, fans may have witnessed the passing of an era. Or, at least, the beginning of the end for an athlete who has dominated professional basketball for almost two decades. "We're talking about a unique competitive spirit," said Jeff Van Gundy, a former NBA coach who is an ESPN analyst.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 43-37, Spurs 58-21. Record vs. Spurs: 0-2. Update: The Spurs have struggled lately, going 5-5 as injuries sidelined Tony Parker (neck and ankle) and Manu Ginobili (hamstring). Parker, though, returned Friday and had 22 points and 10 assists in a 108-101 victory over Sacramento. The Spurs are half a game behind Oklahoma City for the best record in the Western Conference.
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April 13, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Dwight Howard offered the solution to this Lakers mess of a season even before Kobe Bryant's torn left Achilles' tendon turned it completely upside down. Play inside out. Slow the game down. Find Howard and Pau Gasol underneath the basket. Let the best big-man duo in the NBA finally unleash its collective might. It isn't an option; it's the Lakers' only option after Bryant was lost for the season Friday against Golden State. Bryant could conceivably return by October, meaning Howard and Gasol might only have to carry the Lakers on their massive shoulders for whatever remains of this ruptured season.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
TV cameramen yelled and cursed at each other as dozens of reporters scrambled to get an interview with Gary Vitti. It's never a good sign if the longtime Lakers trainer is the target of a media crush, but somebody had to provide medical details Saturday of the hard news: Kobe Bryant is sidelined six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon. NBA teams begin playing around Oct. 31, meaning Bryant theoretically could be back in time for the start of next season. "I think that's a realistic goal for him," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said.
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April 13, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers announced Saturday that Kobe Bryant underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles' tendon. Bryant ruptured the tendon in the fourth quarter of the Lakers'118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night at Staples Center. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group.  Bryant is expected to be out a minimum of six to nine months. "If one person can overcome this and get away with this healthy and come back strong, it's Kobe," said teammate and power forward Pau Gasol.  "His will and determination are way beyond normal.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant will be sidelined six to nine months because of a torn left Achilles' tendon, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti said Saturday afternoon. Bryant could possibly be back in time for the start of next season, Vitti said. The NBA will not release the 2013-14 schedule until August but teams typically begin playing around Oct. 31. Bryant was about to undergo surgery at an undisclosed location when Vitti met with reporters a little after noon Saturday at the team's training facility.
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April 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
From one sports superstar to another, one of the toughest lessons that Kobe Bryant will have to learn is that nothing is harder than doing nothing. "The first three months is mental, because you can't move or do anything," said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon last May, four months after he was named the NFL's defensive player of the year. "It's extremely difficult," Suggs said Saturday. "It's definitely one of the hardest things I've had to endure in my life.
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April 12, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers won a game, keeping their playoff hopes alive, but at an incredibly steep cost. Kobe Bryant sustained a probable torn left Achilles' tendon Friday, the Lakers said, scheduling an MRI exam that would likely confirm it this morning. BOX SCORE: Lakers 118, Golden State 116 If ever there was a deflating victory, this was it, the Lakers outlasting the Golden State Warriors, 118-116, at Staples Center to stay ahead of the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
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