Say goodbye to Kobe Bryant -- at least for the next 6-9 months. After tearing his Achilles tendon this week, Kobe is looking at a significant recovery and rehab, easily the worst injury he's had in his remarkable career.
More significant, however, is the immediate future of the Lakers organization. This was a make-or-break year for LA, and it's been almost entirely break. They may sneak into the playoffs in the last spot, but there's no chance they advance without their heart and soul, and big changes could be in the works. Dwight Howard is a free agent, and the Lakers could pay as much as $80 million in luxury tax given their salary burdens. There's talk they make amnesty Kobe's salary, or dump Pau Gasol, or not be able to resign Howard if he even wants to stay in LA.
This may prove to be one of the most devastating, franchise-altering freak injuries in recent NBA history. With that in mind, it's worth revisiting some of the other injuries that wrecked teams and changed the course of championships. There's been a few - and while some teams have come out on bottom, sometimes a random break can be a blessing in disguise.