Kobe Bryant shows gruesome image of Achilles’ surgery

Don’t read this while you’re at the breakfast table. It might cause you to spit your cereal out or choke on a piece of toast.

Providing yet another reminder of the severity of his torn left Achilles’ tendon, Kobe Bryant tweeted out a graphic picture on Instagram receiving surgery on it exactly a month ago.

Bryant’s come a long way since then. He arrived at the Lakers’ practice facility Tuesday to receive treatment on his Achilles, an injury the Lakers believe will keep him sidelined for at least another five to seven months.

Former Lakers forward Mark Madsen, who was introduced Tuesday as the new D-Fenders coach, also spent time at the facility catching up with Bryant.

“His injury was a freak thing,” Madsen said. “The one thing I know about Kobe is if they say he’s going to get back in nine months, he’ll get back in six months. If they say it’s going to take five months, it’s going to take 2 ½ months. That’s the type of dedication and professionalism that Kobe approaches this game with. I’m excited for him to get healthy and excited for him to come back.”

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