Saturday, April 13, 2013
Kobe Bryant Vows To Fight Bear and Come Back From Achilles Rupture on Facebook
Since the Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors game wasn't on TV last night, I was following the game on Twitter. Each time someone tweeted Kobe's injured!
Another tweet would say Kobe scored! Then in one instant, tweets said Kobe was down.
I quickly turned onto NBTV and watched a limping Kobe Bryant hit two free throws, then limped to the locker room.
The speculation was that he tore his achilles.
After the Lakers win, you can see the pain and hurt in his eyes as a near tearful Black Mamba talked to the media and his season ending injury, which could end up being a career ender as well (thanks for picking Mike D'antoni over Phil Jackson, Jimmy Buss. Maybe the heavy minutes didn't contribute to his injury, Jackson would have at least put Bryant in a better position to win, if this was to be his last season).
Today took Kobe Bryant to his Facebook page to rant about being hurt.
After first Bryant came across as being bitter and depressed by the injury:
"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 ?!?...Maybe Father Time has defeated me."
But by the end of the post vowed to fight to the finish:
"...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."
Although, Kobe Bryant was late to social media athlete game, he's probably the best at it by opening himself up in a way that most players would never; with each Tweet, Twitpic, and Facebook post, you get the all sides of Kobe Bryant: Funny, driven ball player, doting father.
Kobe "Bean" Bryant with one click, consistently show that athletes are human just like everyone, yet has still been able to keep a shroud of mystery of what makes him great as a player.
While his injury will push to to depths he never experience during his 17 seasons in the NBA, it will be fascinating to watch his drive back to the hard wood on social media, one tweet at a time.
Get well Mama!