Kobe Bryant took to Facebook early Saturday morning to "vent" as he described it about his Achilles injury which is expected to force him to have surgery and miss several months with recovery.
This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that Ive done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now Im 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! Its 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and Im wide awake. Forgive my Venting but whats the purpose of social media if I wont 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. Thats "mamba mentality" we don't quit, we don't cower, we don't run. We endure and conquer. I know its 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.
So he's not taking it well, which you'd expect. There's more self-pity here than you'd expect from Bryant, and yet still less than you'd expect from anyone else suffering an injury like this. The talk overnight has shifted from the implications of thise season to what happens to his career. Bryant's going to attempt to make the return, and if anyone can come back anywhere close to where he was, it's Bryant. He'll seek out the advice of his lunatic trainer Tim Grover, he'll put in the work, he'll do everything possible.
Yet I'm left with the same thought where I'm lead to by searching for a reason for his injury outside of stupid dumb luck. While the world has decided it's Mike D'Antoni's inability to rein in Bryant's minutes the past few games in yet another approach to tear down the guy who walked into the building after it was already on fire and saying he started it, there's something to remember here.
Bryant's 34. He's 34 years old. The body deteriorates. That happens to all of us. You, me, our parents, loved ones, heroes and villains. Father Time is undefeated. The body wears out over time, and that's if you put far less wear and tear on it than Bryant has. He's played every season without an injury like this, played all but one playoffs, and then Team USA Olympics and FIBA tournaments. He's put his body through it all, and it's a testament to his will and work that he has been so successful for so long.
But we also can't be surprised or start looking for someone to blame.
Bryant's going to be fine, and as he says, there are worse things in life than a torn Achilles. But in a way, Bryant's injury is a reminder of mortality. Specifically, because we look for reasons for how this could happen. How could Bryant, the strongest of any of us, have fallen?
Because that's what happens. These things, they just happen.