NBA star Kobe Bryant posted a gruesome photo from his Achilles surgery that took place one month ago.
Bryant, 35,will likely be sidelined for the next six to nine months. Meanwhile, Lakers fans are hopeful that the team will resign Dwight Howard, a highly coveted unrestricted free agent.
Bryant injured his Achilles last month in the Los Angeles Lakers 118-116 win over the Golden State warriors.
He underwent surgery days later and beforehand went on Facebook, saying, 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??”
While he recuperates, Bryant seems to be in good spirits, spending time with his wife Vanessa and noting his progression following surgery on Facebook. He'll wear a boot for a few months before beginning therapy.
Although there have been questions about whether Bryant should retire soon, if he recovers from this injury and stays in the league, he would be in good company. Patrick Ewing, one of the NBA's greatest players, didn't retire until age 40 -- after 17 years in the league. All-star Reggie Miller was 39-years old when he announced his retirement from the Pacers at the end of the 2004-2005 season.