As Kobe Bryant recovers from surgery after tearing his Achilles, the NBA star was visited by fellow Los Angeles Lakers teammates Dwight Howard and Jodie Meeks.
Bryant will likely be sidelined for the next six to nine months due to the injury. Lakers fans are hopeful that they can keep fellow superstar Howard, who is an unrestricted free agent, and that he will re-sign with the Lakers.
On Saturday, Bryant went on a rant about his injury via Facebook and called his frustration “unbearable.”
On Friday night, Bryant suffered the possibly career-ending injury during the Los Angeles Lakers 118-116 win over the Golden State warriors.
Before undergoing surgery on Sunday, he wrote a post on Facebook, which stated, in part:
“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!” he continued.
"Guess I will be coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru [sic].
"Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much love always. Mamba out.”
If or when Bryant recovers from this injury and stays in the league, he will be in good company. One of the greatest players in NBA history, Patrick Ewing, did not retire until 2002, after 17 years in the league. He was 40 years old. All-star Reggie Miller was 39 years old when he announced his retirement from the Pacers at the end of the 2004-2005 season.