Kobe Bryant in the first half of the Lakers' game against the Golden… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)
Kobe Bryant, in the middle of the night while wide awake, went on an epic, soul-searching rant via his Facebook page in the wake of a devastating injury, believed to be a torn left Achilles' tendon.
After first questioning "why" and expressing anger, he moved through a series of emotions and thoughts.
Bryant, who crumpled to the court Friday night during a 118-116 victory over the Golden State Warriors that kept alive the team's playoff hopes, used words in capital letters, used multiple question marks and exclamation points and his emotions ran the gamut.
Here's his Facebook post in its entirety:
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.
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