On Friday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive by beating the Golden State Warriors, Kobe Bryant left the game after sustaining what later was described as a torn achilles tendon.
The implications of the season-ending, and potentially career-altering, injury reverberated for fans in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
The 34-year-old Lakers All-Star, in his 17th season in the NBA, ruminated on the injury early Saturday morning. He wrote a lengthy venting Facebook note: "Maybe Father Time has defeated me. … Then again maybe not! It's 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I'm wide awake."
Naturally, the team's entertainment industry fans weighed in on Twitter.
Lil Wayne (who once recorded a track in tribute to Bryant), Snoop Lion, Chris Rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea posted their thoughts about the injury. Even Knicks fan Spike Lee tipped his hat to the L.A. sports icon:
Kobe is 1 of tha greatest 2 do it ! Keep ya head up.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 13, 2013
I can't believe somebody shot Kobe in the leg on the court that's messed up.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) April 13, 2013
All I care about now is Kobe getting healthy. He loves and cares about b all deeply. He's a craftsman the likes of which we wont see again
— Flea (@flea333) April 13, 2013
Wishing the big homie #24 a speedy rekovery!! Prayers & luv.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) April 13, 2013
Damn man i feel bad for @kobebryant . If there's anybody and i mean anybody who can come back from that injury it would be him! Best wishes!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 13, 2013
Terrible news about Kobe's Achilles. Hope he can return soon... No better competitor on the planet!!
— Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) April 13, 2013
Orange And Blue Skies Gives Salute To KOBEBRYANT. Read Your Passionate Writings On Ya Face Book. Maybe God Has Another Plan.Love You,Spike
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) April 13, 2013
Kobe wasn’t going to let the Lakers miss the playoffs. We watched him go thru 3 anguishing plays-the last one devastating…
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) April 13, 2013