I’m a very big fan the L.A. Lakers and Kobe Bryant since God knows when. Yesterday we watched a wild game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. It was a very close game filled with drama and high-octane intensity. But at the end of the day Lakers should have been happy with their narrow 118-116 win over the red-hot Warriors and kept their playoff dreams alive by maintaining their one-game lead over the Utah Jazz for the 8th and last spot of the Western Conference. But not today, all we have is heartbreak and despair and doubts about Kobe Bryant’s well-being. He walked out of the game just 3 minutes left in the game, limping and in obvious pain. After the game, the words came out: Kobe’s latest injury is a lot worse than it looked.
He torn his left Achilles, one of the most sever injury a basketball player can have. It would result in a surgery (done as of press time) and could take 9-12 months of rehabilitation And with no real assurance the player can get back to the same level before the injury. Shit. Isaiah Thomas around Kobe’s age torn his Achilles and was forced to retire; Chauncey Billups also had it during last season’s opening, he recovered how irrelevant he is now in that Clipper team. And Kobe? Can he manage to go back in the court? Can a 34 year old come back out that injury? If so will he be in top shape like he was for the past 17 years? His contract expires next year and he could miss the whole season. That leaves us to the most painful question of all: Have we watched the last game of Kobe Bryant’s legendary NBA career?
But the amazing thing is he was able to walk out of the court and managed to shoot two free throws on one leg under excruciating pain. He makes it look like a plain sprain.
Curious after a few hours after the game (and a high dose of painkillers) there he was venting out his frustration on Facebook!
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.
Get well soon my man! Don’t get your self to drugged out.