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Kobe Bryant Rants

Time to Hang 'Em Up?

4/13/2013 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant is terrified his playing career is over -- after tearing his Achilles -- and he's so PISSED about it ... he couldn't stop himself from venting in an emotional, rambling Facebook post.

The Lakers superstar was up at 3:30AM nursing the injury he suffered in last night's game ... when he started railing, "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."

Kobe was so upset he even hinted at retirement, saying ... "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..."

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.

Kobe's full Facebook post:

"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". Ive always loved that quote. Thats "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.

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31.

Safyire    

About time! He is a rapist and it took karma time to finally catch up!

371 days ago
32.

karenjj    

Smiling the biggest grin! KARMA is a be-atch, you rapist.

371 days ago
33.

PitBullLover    

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

371 days ago
34.

ANT-ONE*2013    

To all you people saying Kobe is a rapist and this is karma your just mad because he probably eliminated your wacky ass team

371 days ago
35.

jason    

Really don't even like or care for Kobe, but the people calling him a rapist ? Come on, girl was more than willing and wanted paid, she raped him, for millions of dollars.

371 days ago
36.

Phishie from Philly    

For all that he accomplished he has a lot of anger. He really shouldn't have that much anger because he's one of the greatest players off all time. He started when he was 18 and was good. That's no joke
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Phishie from Philly

371 days ago
37.

jason    

Kobe Bryant, more like Kobe Cryant

371 days ago
38.

Jay Singer    

Kobe has ALWAYS come back for his team and the fans. His PREY is the Bear!

371 days ago
39.

Ginger    

I guess he won't be running the streets anytime soon!! His wife probably happy about that!!

371 days ago
40.

Lee    

Yup.

371 days ago
41.

Sam    

It's pray stupid, I am glad Kobe is injured...karma is a b*tch and he's s***.

371 days ago
42.

TmzSUKKS    

Isn't that an Akon lyric..? (Not Jay-Z)

371 days ago
43.

HillbillyHell    

Silver lining playbook?

371 days ago
44.

shawnmj82    

I guess all you bandwagon Laker fans will have to find a new team.

371 days ago
45.

fonzi    

That's a e-40 lyric before jay z said it. From his 2000 album loyalty and betrayal

371 days ago
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