Kobe Bryant Faces Potential Career Ending Injury

Fans worry that expected year long recovery may mark end of storied career.
2:21 | 04/14/13

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We're going to turn to kobe bryant, out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious injury driving to the hoop friday night. His recovery could take up to a year. That's a best-case scenario. Fans are hoping it's not the end to kobe's storied career. Brandi hitt is in l.A. Reporter: Kobe bryant's surgery was successful. He posted these two photos on in instagram right before his operation. He may have played his final game of his career. The moment it happened, kobe bryant knew. Achilles. Reporter: The nba great grabbed the back of his ankle in pain. Injury to the tendon that attaches the back of the heel. One of the most severe injuries an athlete can suffer. Terrible. Terrible feeling, man. Reporter: And the pain on bryant's face after friday's game against the warriors said it all. I made that move a million times. Just popped. Reporter: The first t join the nba out of high school, vented in a facebook post. Writing, now, I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player or better at 35? How many the world am I supposed to do that. Averaging 36 minutes a game, the five-time champion plays more than any player over 30. Kobe knocks it down. Reporter: And he's dealt with injuries in the past. But never something this serious. You need your achilles tendon. Muscle, the tendon here, to allow you to walk, to put your foot down. He ruptured his tendon right here in the midportion, completely. Reporter: Shaquille o'neal and charles barkley retired after their achilles injuries. But shaughneschauncey billups did return. And bryant's determination go a long way. In fact, a lot of doctors believe that kobe bryant could be back at training camp next season. But his road to recovery, could last up to six to nine months, bianna. That's brutal. Such a huge setback for the lakers. We wish him a speedy recovery. Thank you.

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