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Kobe Bryant likely out 6-9 months

Updated: April 15, 2013, 11:20 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant had surgery on Saturday afternoon to repair the torn Achilles tendon in his left leg and is expected to need six to nine months to recover, the team announced.

"When something like this happens, everybody wants to know why and there's not always a reason why. If you look at our season, it's been a nightmare," longtime trainer Gary Vitti said after Lakers practice Saturday. "We had a player come in with a surgery, which was ...

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