Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kobe: Venting and "showing perspective" after 'Torn Achilles' career setback

I've been championing the "Beat it LA" meme for the last few months, I never felt it came from a place of hate. I'm a basketball fan, I have teams that I root for but ultimately what I want is a fair, competitive and interesting NBA. As long as that's delivered I'm happy with any result.

As the NBA regular season wraps up in two games the unheard of possibility that the Purple and Gold won't be represented in the Playoffs is yet to be decided. In a nailbiting game at home to my beloved Warriors there was high drama as Kobe hobbled several times after hyperextending his knee during the game. Shockingly Kobe walked off the floor with the game hanging in the balance after a torn Achilles heel.

There has been a lot of candor from Kobe this year but with this humbling setback Mamba has shown a vulnerable and philosophical side I've never seen before. It's a story befitting Hollywood. All the best for a Champion and all-time great in the twilight of his career.

VIDEO: Kobe interview after game with Warriors

Reacting to the injury setback and preparing a return to the floor
KOBE BRYANT: (2m 07s) I'm not really sure I've never really had to deal with something like this. You know it's a new experience for me. Obviously there have been a bunch of players that have had the same injury so all I can do is look at them and look at what they've done. Who had more success coming back quicker and healthier, see what they did and see if I can improve upon it.
Via Kobe's 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.
Mamba Out

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