Well, not at first.
The underlying assumption seemed to be that Kobe would somehow find a way to return to action in the near future, simply because he’s invulnerable and couldn’t possibly have the same fatal flaw as a notable hero from the Trojan War.
But once the extent of the injury was announced, the panic actually set in. Los Angeles Lakers fans were mortified that their superstar was out for an extended period of time, and NBA fans in general started preparing for the worst.
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