Remember the moment Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles during a game against the Warriors last season? Of course you do, especially if you're a Lakers fan. Golden State head coach Mark Jackson remembers it well, too. Because as he admitted last night, he actually thought that Kobe was faking an injury at the time, which is something that he feels bad about now that he knows he obviously wasn't faking anything.
"Even in the midst of going against him, I'm in the huddle, I'm saying, 'Don't fall for the okeydoke. He's all right. Don't allow him to take over this game,' not knowing that he was really hurt," Jackson admitted after the Warriors destroyed the Lakers by 31 points last night. "That's one regret I have. If I had to do it again, I would have called a timeout and allowed him to walk off the floor."
Jackson also said that, when the two teams went to China during the preseason to play, he apologized to Kobe. Kobe had absolutely no idea what he was talking about at first but appreciated the sentiment.
"I thought it was important to let him know that," Jackson said. "Typical Kobe. He said thank you, appreciate it, and he's coming at us next time he sees us."
Hopefully that will happen sooner than later. Jackson better be ready for it.
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[via Yahoo! Sports]