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Kobe faces tough decision following injury

April 17, 2013

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

Many basketball aficionados have called him the greatest Laker of all-time. I’ve never been that big of a fan. I’m able to recognize his talent and appreciate his natural athletic ability, but something about him has just never clicked with me. Now, it looks as though his career may be in jeopardy because of an injury suffered on the court last week.

Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon while making a move on a drive to the basket in a game against the Golden State Warriors last Friday night (April 12). The injury will force the 34-year-old Bryant to miss the remainder of this season and could, quite possibly, cost him his career.

He elected to undergo surgery less than 24 hours removed from the injury. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti suggested the recovery and rehabilitation time will keep him sidelined a minimum of six to nine months.

Bryant chose Facebook to voice his frustration: “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.”

Whether Bryant does make it back onto the court or makes the decision to permanently hang up his Nikes, he’ll undoubtedly be remembered by many as one of the greatest to ever play the game. He’ll have plenty of time to decide if he’s happy with that legacy or needs something more.

By Doug HalberstadtSports ColumnistMany basketball aficionados have called him the greatest Laker of all-time. I’ve never been that big of a fan. I’m able to recognize his talent and appreciate his natural athletic ability, but something about him has just never clicked with me. Now, it looks as though his career may be in jeopardy because of an injury suffered on the court last week.Kobe Bryant tore his left Achilles tendon while making a move on a drive to the basket in a game against the Golden State Warriors last Friday night (April 12). The injury will force the 34-year-old Bryant to miss the remainder of this season and could, quite possibly, cost him his career.He elected to undergo surgery less than 24 hours removed from the injury. Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti suggested the recovery and rehabilitation time will keep him sidelined a minimum of six to nine months.Bryant chose Facebook to voice his frustration: “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.”Whether Bryant does make it back onto the court or makes the decision to permanently hang up his Nikes, he’ll undoubtedly be remembered by many as one of the greatest to ever play the game. He’ll have plenty of time to decide if he’s happy with that legacy or needs something more.

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