Kobe Bryant Made Two Free Throws With A Torn Achilles Tendon 7 Years Ago Today (VIDEO)
Celebrating the legend. 💜 🐐
Seven years ago today, a special day went down in Lakers' Nation history. Kobe Bryant tore his achilles tendon and still made two epic free throws during an intense game against the Golden State Warriors.
Today, the Los Angeles Lakers site reports that it was a critical game in history to make the 2013 NBA play offs.
And apparently Bryant did anything it would take to help bring his team to glory.
In fact, it was his two clutch free throws that tied the game at 109.
His decision to keep playing through the pain instead of getting off the court will always have a memory in his place as an NBA legend.
In 2013, Bryant told Sports Illustrated that he actually tried to pull up his torn tendon and keep playing during the game.
Bryant had said, ""When I first did it, right there, I was trying to feel if the tendon is there or if it's gone. I realized it wasn't there. I was literally trying to pull the tendon up so hopefully I could walk and kind of hobble through the last two and a half minutes and try to play."
After Bryant headed to the locker room, the Lakers stole the game with a 118-116 win over the Warriors.
While he admitted that was one of the most devastating moments of his career, his determination also made it one of the most celebrated by fans.
The Mamba Mentality is being shared today, particularly on Twitter.
Lakers' reporter Mike Trudell also weighed in, noting that Bryant "played all 48 minutes towards 47 points, 8 boards, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals."
Today, fans everywhere celebrate the legacy of Bryant.