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Originally posted on CBS Atlanta:

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Kobe Bryant had surgery Saturday on his torn Achilles tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ playoff chase.

Lakers trainer Gary Vitti thinks Bryant will need at least six to nine months for recovery from the most serious injury of his 17-year NBA career. Given Bryant’s history of swift recovery from countless minor injuries, Vitti and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak both believe the 34-year-old guard could be back for their season opener in the fall.

“I think that’s a realistic goal for him, based on what he was talking about this morning,” Kupchak said at theLakers‘ training complex after visiting Bryant at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

Bryant completely tore his left Achilles tendon late in the Lakers‘ 118-116 win over Golden State on Friday night, falling to the hardwood after pushing off his planted…

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