The mood was somber on Twitter when the news broke that he would miss six weeks due to another injury. This time it was a fracture of his lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.
Words like “sad”, “welp” and “father time” were being thrown around. Articles were written on what the Los Angeles Lakers should do about their broken down star. And most of those articles were hinting at the idea that the Lakers should blow it up. It was sad and all signs pointed to the end of an era — the era of Kobe Bryant.
But apparently, everyone that fell into that narrative is an idiot. At least, according to Kobe Bryant.
Before the natural anguish of learning that his left knee had suffered a fracture, a most improbable sense washed over Kobe Bryant: relief.
“Lucky it wasn’t a meniscus,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports on Thursday afternoon. …
Everything is conspiring against Bryant now, and the declarations of his demise promise to grow louder and louder. He is 35 years old, fighting back from an Achilles tear, a fractured kneecap and awaiting the start of a $48.5 million extension over the next two years. The walls are closing, his path to restoration never so perilous, and yet here was Kobe Bryant on Thursday afternoon making clear his belief on those who’d dare doubt his resolve again.
“Only an idiot would,” Bryant told Yahoo Sports.
There seems to be a fine line between doubting his resolve and calling it it like you see it, apparently. I’m not sure if I “doubted his resolve” in my earlier post, which can be found here, or if I was just voicing what I though should happen despite his most recent injury.
I wrote it after the injury was announced, but I had those thoughts before. One thing I do know, however, is that I’m an idiot — even without “doubting” Kobe’s resolve.