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Kobe Bryant injury: Achilles’ tear labeled preventable by Texas doctor

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A Texas podiatrist stated on Tuesday that the season-ending Achilles’ injury that Kobe Bryant suffered against the Golden State Warriors could have been prevented. 

Dr. Ed Davis, a San Antonio-based physician who made the claim in a letter sent out to his clients, stated that with the proper preventative measures, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar could still be playing rather than sitting at home not live-tweeting during the NBA playoffs. 

Bryant sustained a complete tear of his left Achilles’ tendon on April 14 when he made a routine cut toward the basket and fell to the ground in obvious pain. When he tried to walk it off, it was clear that he wouldn’t be able to return as he couldn’t walk. He later told reporters following the game that he made the move “a million times” and was shocked that the play resulted in the worst case scenario for himself and the team as they fought for their playoff lives at the tail end of the regular season. 

When they did finally fight their way into the playoffs, they ran into a dominant San Antonio Spurs squad that rendered them helpless amid their numerious injuries in addition to Bryant’s. 

Davis stated that there is a screening process that can look at the state of the tendon. If it is determined to be weak, then treatment can strengthen it and thus help prevent a complete tear like the one Bryant suffered. 

Reports such as this one won’t help head coach Mike D’Antoni’s case as the Lakers fan base has made him public enemy No. 1 for potentially playing the 34-year -old too often down the stretch as the Lakers fought to make the postseason. 

That argument is unfounded, however, because Bryant dictated his own minutes and confirmed as much in his exit interview on Tuesday. He also went on to say that the fans needed to back off their criticism of the first-year coach. 

The report has to be taken with a grain of salt, as it is unknown whether or not the Lakers top-notch medical staff that includes long-time trainer Gary Vitti had any indication that there was any issue. 

The doctor is also from San Antonio, so there’s that. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His work is also regularly featured on Yahoo! Sports and SB Nation. You can catch up with him on Twitter: @MikeJonesTweets.