Today is a sad a day for all fans of basketball after waking up to the horrifying realization that last night’s Lakers game where Kobe Bryant limped off the floor with an apparent achilles injury in the 4th quarter was not a nightmare. While we all await the official diagnosis following the MRI that is scheduled today, it seems to be a forgone conclusion that Kobe has torn his achilles and will not play another game for the Lakers this season. Usually, when players suffer a major injury, they know right away. Last night when you saw the dejected expression on Kobe’s face, both immediately following the injury and later in the locker after the game, you knew this was it for Kobe’s season.
Kobe summed up his feelings following the game on Twitter:
Many reached out to Kobe via Twitter with wells wishes and words of encouragement, including some of Kobe’s teammates, former head coach, NBA peers and some of the biggest names in entertainment and business.
Larry King – Television and Radio Host
Lebron James – Miami Heat
Jared Dudley – Phoenix Suns
Donald Trump – Real Estate Mogul
Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers
Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins Quaterback
Snoop Dogg – Artist
Mo Williams – Utah Jazz
Pau Gasol – Los Angeles Lakers teammate
Metta World Peace – Los Angeles Lakers teammate
Jamal Crawford – Los Angeles Clippers
Matt Barnes – Los Angeles Clippers and former Lakers teammate
Mark Jackson – Coach of the GoldenState Warriors
Dick Vitale – College Basketball Broadcaster
Phil Jackson – Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach
An emational, inspired and obviously frustrated Kobe Bryant reached out to all via his Facebook Account at about 12:30 am:
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”. 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. 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.