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Roger L Simon


April 13, 2013 - 1:27 pm

The brave Mamba smiles for the camera as he heads into surgery only hours after draining two threes and then rupturing his Achilles tendon, ending his season and undoubtedly the narrow playoff hopes of the once mighty Los Angeles Lakers. Will this incredible athlete – easily one of the most popular in the world for years despite his many detractors – come back after this? Think human mortality, the lives of heroes and, yes, Achilles himself.

Here’s what Kobe himself had to say on Facebook at 3:30AM this morning:

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.

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.” I’ve always loved that quote. That’s “mamba mentality” – we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.

I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge.

Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.

Mamba Out

UPDATE ON ABOVE: Isn’t it interesting how many of the truly great athletes are really smart? Ever listen to Roger Federer talk?

Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist and blogger, and the co-founder of PJ Media. His book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown, was re-released in an updated edition in 2011.

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Kobe Bryant, for all his peccadilloes off the court, is one of the best. That said, one of the big downfalls of NBA basketball is that one player can so dominate that he is, effectively, the entire team. Kobe was such a player, modeling much like Michael Jordan. With his fortunes go the entire team. There is something unsettling about that.
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It is ALWAYS easier to destroy than it is to create. Too Kobe had to find this out the hard way.
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It happened because it WAS done millions of times. Exercise is good - up to a point. When it is enforced, anything can happen to stressed out body parts. I imagine the wisdom of the silver lining that explains why great athletes are really smart has something to do with the back up plan where they can light cigars with hundred dollar bills. Not exactly Scarlet O'Hara - or was she thinking of alimony?
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I've never really been a huge fan of Kobe, but he sounds like a guy who has a pretty decent head on his shoulders.
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