News: On The Verge Of Possible Career-Ending Surgery, Kobe Bryant Quotes Jay-Z
Saturday, Apr 13, 2013 10:05PM
With shocking sports news of Los Angeles Lakers' veteran Kobe Bryant suffering a possible career-ending injury last night (April 12) that will require ample time away from the basketball court, the Black Mama quoted rap mogul Jay-Z in a full-fledged rant.
Kobe hopped onto the social networking site to unleash his fury Friday (April 12) night.
"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," the player wrote on his Facebook page. Bryant, who is expected to have an MRI today to confirm whether he tore his Achilles' tendon, wrestled with his impending fate through his stream-of consciousness-post, wondering whether he would overcome his injury and make it back on the court for another season. "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??" he wrote. "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..." (ABC News)
Despite appearing to hint at retirement, Bryant used the opportunity to quote Jay's line from reggae singer Mavado's "On the Rock" remix.
But in the middle of the post ... the Black Mamba recaptures his competitive edge and says he's looking for the "silver lining" and wants to get back to work with the "same drive and same conviction." Best of all ... Kobe quotes the Jay-Z lyric -- "If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey [sic] 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." There's a lot more in the post, including how much pain he's in ... and prepping for surgery. (TMZ)
The five-time NBA champion suffered the unexpected injury last night in Los Angeles.
Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter Friday night while being guarded by the Warriors' Harrison Barnes. Bryant had played every minute of the game up to that point, scoring 32 points -- including back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game with 3:45 remaining. "I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped," Bryant said after the game. Bryant asked Barnes if he had kicked him in the leg. When Barnes said he hadn't, Bryant said he knew that a major injury had occurred. I was just hoping it wasn't what I knew it was," Bryant said. "Just trying to walk it off, hoping that the sensation would come back, but no such luck." Following a timeout, Bryant went back into the game and hit both of his free throw attempts with the injury to end his night with 34 points, five rebounds and four assists before being subbed out for World Peace and heading to the locker room. (ESPN)
Recently, Brooklyn rapper Fabolous talked to SOHH about his secret admiration for No. 24 and how his championship window's coming to a close.
"Ah man, just when he came in [to the NBA], I've seen his attitude of being a winner early and even when he first came in, I remember he had a classic challenge with Michael Jordan and he didn't back down for the challenge," Fab told SOHH referring to Kobe. "You know what I'm saying? A lot of guys would have been a little intimidated because you're playing against the best player in the world and you know Kobe gave 'em some numbers too so from there I grew up liking Kobe. ... He's played a long time. It's looking like it's at the end of his career. But you know, he could still ball with the best of 'em. Whenever he go, he's still going to be looked at as one of the greatest." (SOHH)