April 13, 2013
Last Friday, the Lakers took a BIG loss despite their 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Kobe Bryant who was in route to a spectacular finish, had 34 points. Then with under 5 minutes left in the game, Bryant completely tore his Achilles tendon prematurely ending his 17th season. Over last 5 games, he has averaged 32, 6, & 6. At 35 years of age, Kobe has had one of his best season’s in his long, successful career. This devastating injury has an estimated recovery time of 6-9 months, thus leaving Bryant’s career hanging in the balance.
When asked what the injury meant for his career, Bryant’s competitive nature was seeping through his pores. “I know I can do this,” he said, who’s averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists. “It’s fueling me. It’s fueling me. I can feel it already.”
With his left foot completely numb, laying wide awake in a hospital bed at 3am, the Lakers legend went social media to vent his frustrations.
“This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??
“I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn Achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.
“One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.
“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. I’ve always loved that quote. That’s “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.
“I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge. Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.
“Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.”
Whether you are a Kobe fan or not, its humbling to hear the human perspective from larger than life superstars like KB24. You hate to see a person who has dedicated their life towards a passion see it ripped away in a routine sequence. The road to recovery will be extremely difficult given Bryant’s age, and all the accumulated miles during his 17 year career. However, I have no doubt that the Black Mamba will make every effort to return next season, in a final attempt to cement his legacy.