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Kobe Bryant Has Successful Surgery to Repair Achilles’ Tendon

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kobe Bryant’s surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon was successful, however the Los Angeles Lakers star will be sidelined for at least six to nine months as he recuperates, the team and doctors said Sunday.

Bryant, 34, tore his left Achilles’ tendon in the closing minutes of Friday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

The All-Star shooting guard, who has carried the Lakers all season, hobbled to the free throw line after the injury to take his two free throws for being fouled. He hit them both, tying the game 108-108, before going to the locker room. The Lakers went on to win the game.

Bryant, who was averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists,was operated on by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Group. Recovery time is expected to be a minimum of six to nine months.

Bryant, the NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer, has dealt with injuries in the past, but never one as serious and potentially career-ending as this one.

“You need your Achilles’ tendon, muscle, tendon here, to allow you to walk,” said Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.

With the athlete’s discipline and determination, though, Klatter said, it’s possible he could make a comeback.

Bryant took to Facebook on Saturday to vent his frustration at the injury that ended his season.

“All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen?!? Makes no damn sense,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Nevertheless, the basketball star vowed to return to the court.

“One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence,” he wrote.  ”Today is NOT that day.”

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Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton Arrested, Faces Murder Charge

Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Los Angeles Lakers player Javaris Crittenton has been arrested at a Southern California airport in connection with the Aug. 19 shooting death of a 23-year-old Atlanta woman.

Crittenton, who was recruited by Georgia Tech and drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, was arrested Monday night at Orange County's John Wayne Airport after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.  Crittenton was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The 23-year-old basketball star was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Julian Jones in Atlanta.

According to ABC News Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV, police say Jones was walking near her home in southeast Atlanta on Aug. 19.  Jones, a mother of four, was with two men.  A black Chevrolet Tahoe carrying Crittenton drove up and Crittenton allegedly shot at one of the men, who he suspected stole jewelry from him in an April 21 robbery.

The two men fled after Jones was shot in the leg; she died during surgery later that day.

Following his arrest, it is unclear if Crittenton will make an initial appearance in federal court or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there.

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Obama Honors the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Title

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Los Angeles Lakers may have won last year’s NBA title, but contrary to the long-standing tradition, they did not get to visit the White House when being honored Monday by the president.

“These guys have been there so often; they were just there last year because they won the title,” Obama said Monday afternoon, “And Kobe and Derek have been there so many times now, they could lead tours themselves.  The same is true for Coach Jackson.   So I thought we’d change things up a little bit.”

So instead of the players appearing in suits at the White House, the president and the players participated in a service project together at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in making care packages for wounded soldiers.

“That’s the beauty of service -- anybody can do it,” Obama said. “The Lakers have a proud tradition of performing community service in the L.A. community, and I’m glad that they took the time to help us during the holiday season here in Washington, D.C."

The president praised the Lakers for their win in the NBA Finals last year, defeating the Boston Celtics for their second title in a row and their 16th championship overall. Obama called them “one of the outstanding sports franchises in our country and in our history.”

The president noted that Lakers coach Phil Jackson earned his 11th NBA championship ring, and his fifth championship with the Lakers. “Which I should point out is still one behind the six he won with the Chicago Bulls,” Obama said of his home team.

“Not for long,” Lakers Kobe Bryant quipped back to him, leading to a round of laughter in the room.

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