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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 11:35 am  |  44 responses

Kobe Bryant Vents About Torn Achilles


After facing the media, a still emotional and devastated Kobe Bryant took to social networks to speak directly to his fans regarding what is likely a season-ending torn Achilles. Bryant vented on Facebook about his uncertain future. Full rant below:

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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  • Vetoluis

    Amen to THAT!!

  • fruizm

    Respect!

  • spit hot fiyah

    he can opnly hope that the tear is not major. billups tore his last season and was out for about a calender year.

  • Steve Williams

    love how he’s all, oh well, guess i’ll just coach now. step aside, d’antoni.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    its a complete tear reports are saying

  • Blarmac

    I’m considering printing this out and framing it.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Kobe’s pride won’t let this be the end of his career. Dude will be back. I can guarantee that!

  • ChosenOne

    Still can’t believe this has happened. The postseason just won’t be the same without him. Devastated is an understatement.
    But I’m telling y’all right now… when he recovers… prey for the bear!

  • spit hot fiyah

    so i guess good bye 13-14 unless he can find some of that stuff ray lewis was sippin’ on

  • Dagger

    I’ve never seen a season so thoroughly derailed by injury. How many exciting or potentially exciting teams have been diminished by injury? Would the Heat have hit 70 wins without Wade’s lingering injury in the first half of the season? Where would the Lakers be without injury after injury? How scary would the Bulls have been with Rose? Are the Nuggets (still) contenders without Gallinari? Can the Spurs compete with their injuries to Parker and Ginobilli? Would the Celtics have given the Knicks or Heat a run for their money with Rondo? Would the Wolves have been the most entertaining team in the league with a healthy Rubio and Love? What if Anthony Davis had played all season? How good can the Warriors be with a healthy Bogut? I could go on, and on, and on.

    Fitting that the last games of the season deliver the biggest disappointment of all. Kobe will be back, but I have a really hard time believing that he’ll ever be what he was. He was already playing at a pretty impossible level for a 34-year-old. Now? Even if he returns next year, his body won’t be right until the end of the season. By then he’ll be a year older, and a catastrophic injury slower. It’s funny, it’s like he predicted it himself in a recent interview with Wilbon; “when [decline through age] happens, it happens quickly” (paraphrasing). That interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iYf_nHppac.

    Sad. Kobe Bryant, unstoppable scorer, indomitable superstar, is fading away.

  • Markus437

    Kobe my n*gga I hate it had to be HIM!!!

  • Ben Ireland

    I’m as big a Kobe fan as comes, but I honestly believe he’ll come back better… The amount of basketball this man has played is incredible over his career, including Olympics… Wouldn’t a year off be perfect? He plays through everything but now maybe they can all heal and he won’t have to. I don’t mean he’ll be MVP, but All-Star? Absolutely. Scoring champ? Unlikely, but top 10? Absolutely. Maybe he can talk to Adrian Peterson, that’s the only comparable work ethic with injury I can think of. The man’s incredible, and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of a high level Kobe. Sucks for this run now, though. But after D’Antoni, am I the only one really excited to see Coach Vino haha?

  • Waskito

    Never Kobe fans, and sometimes a hater. But today, he got anew fans in me. Trullly remarkable how he carry his team the last 2 q before he got that accident. Respect for him the mamba..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Gotta respect the dedication and passion for the game he has. Not my favorite player of all time, but the way he approaches his job and career is nothing short of inspirational.

  • Redd

    Love this post “There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles” and that’s why it’s hard as hell to hate Kobe.

    Legend, only issue I had was with the Lakers & the NBA rigging games for them, but I love Kobe.

  • Bongstradamus

    There’s no way he isn’t coming back to finish this on his terms.

    The question is, do the Lakers amnesty Kobe, let him rehab for a year, then bring him back on minimum?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Probably would do a better job than D’Antoni is doing.

  • HAMMER

    Damn! Love him or hate him, this was as raw as it gets. I hope this isn’t the end of Kobe the basketball player we’ve come to know.
    I wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Darksaber

    How the HELL did he take those FT’s with a complete tear, let alone walk off the court on his own? When i ruptured my achilles in ’10, the pain was so intense, couldn’t stand on the injured leg. Friends half carried me off court. His pain threshold must be bonkers!

    Shouldn’t be too hard of a comeback given his conditioning and if he stays patient with rehab. Took me 6 months to jump and 9 to regain confidence in playing team bball again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Just to update everyone, Gary Vitti (Lakers trainer) says its a COMPLETE rupture of his achilles, and likely 6-9 months recovery. Whether Kobe returns to old Kobe form (due to the nature of the inury) is still left to be seen.

  • LLC#12

    He’s just not like the rest of us man, superhuman

  • i_ball

    I don’t think they can do that. You can’t sign the player amnestied by you. That’s why Brandon Roy went to Minnesota.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Wonder if Nike will track his recovery like Adidas did with D-Rose. Would be fun to see people whine and cry about it the way they did with Rose.

  • dannyb

    Look for the “Prey for the bear” meme to start in 3… 2… 1…

  • AndyK415

    pray

  • The Seed

    This rant is why I have always been a Kobe fan. Love him, hate him, dislike him, like him, you got to respect his determination and will. I truly believe Kobe will come back and play well, because of his jumpshot and will. Kobe can take a year off to get all of his parts working better and if the LAKERS ARE DUMB to AMNESTY HIM. Kobe can sign with whomever and I bet he will come back even stronger. Rose might get his partner, Clips might get their second real star, Dallas might could overpay for him, Nuggets might bargain for him, Pacers would die for him. Just talking. He better stay a Laker.

  • speedy

    Ruptured mine in ’09. Can’t believe, that it’s fully ruptured. The Foot just can’t work then and even hobbling around isn’t possible.
    Kobe asked why that happened to him. It happened because he always played through his foot injuries. Something I did too. My doctor then told me, that the achilles tendon often helps and stabilizes the foot during those times, but the extra work isn’t good for the achilles, it inflames easier and gets weakened a lot, so a torn achilles often is just a matter of time.
    All the best to Kobe and a speedy recovery.

  • The Philosopher

    Damn. Tough break for a tough player.
    He’ll be back. In my opinion.
    But in all of reality, it is the end of Kobe Bryant as we know him.

  • Slick Ric

    It sucks, this makes the NBA a lot less enjoyable for me seeing so many major injuries.

  • dookie

    Even with all the grammar mistakes? Yikes!

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    …The Clippers already have two real stars. That’s not debatable. Kobe isn’t going to play for any other team. He’s not going anywhere near Colorado unless it’s in an away uniform. The Pacers wouldn’t “die” for him. They’re fine where they are and if they need anything, it definitely won’t be a 35 year old on that young, tough defensive-minded team. If that’s you just talking, you need to stop.

  • Darksaber

    I hear you, speedy. But it was fully ruptured. Insane that he was able to limp on it. That’s some uncanny stuff.
    As for people wondering about his level of play. I am in better shape, just as quick and my hops have stayed the same. Rededicated myself to core workouts, leg power and flexibility and stretching bands have been my best friends for 3 years now.
    He’ll be back, and strong.

  • Klemperer

    I thought bears don’t come up to the window?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I don’t know, I just feel like this type of thing is not supposed to happen to Kobe. Was shocked when I heard the news this morning.

  • 7cbo

    Karma for injuring rubio

  • SirGrey

    Yeah it’s a bad injury to an old, legendary player, don’t get me wrong. But this would have been a lot worse if they were a top seed.

  • danpowers

    dont worry people, he will return b4 derrick rose anyway lol

  • danpowers

    he is just the al qaeda fundamentalist version of a basketball player. his will is beyond his body lol

  • danpowers

    hm i dont think that this is a sure thing. some people dont get back from that as their own selfes but there are some who dont really “die” as their old selves. e.g. nique was able to increase his scoring average after his tear. i think the regress of athletecism comes anyway more due to their age than due to the injury.

  • danpowers

    dont worry guys, we will see him back out there at full strenght before derrick rose lol

  • The Philosopher

    Interesting points.

  • AndyK415

    Is Kobe saying that he is prey for the bear? Lol terrible grammar mistake given the sentence.

  • patrick

    kobe should retire and go into coaching imo lol

  • Bongstradamus

    You can if their contract expires. Which is what would happen by waiting a year.

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