After suffering a possible tear to his Achilles, Kobe Bryant took to his official Facebook page at 3:36 am PT.
“This is such BS!” Bryant started out sharing his frustrations. “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??”
Self-doubt, understandably, came out as he shared his thoughts via cell phone. “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!”
Considering Bryant’s competitive nature, he would likely come back from an injury just to prove his own self-doubt wrong.
“It's 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I'm wide awake,” the life-long Los Angeles Lakers legend provided insight into where he was coming from. “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.”
If Bryant wants examples of recovery from injury, he has plenty in his own locker room. Dwight Howard has serious back surgery and inched his way back step-by-step. Steve Nash broke his leg this season.
“One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day,” Bryant promised and sought some positive motivation.
"’If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear’". Ive always loved that quote. Thats ’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,” Bryant wrote, but officially, only an MRI was scheduled for Saturday. “First step of a new challenge.”
“Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season,” Bryant began to calm down. “I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.”
“Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.”
“Mamba Out,” but don't bet on that being forever.