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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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Jack    

Prey? LOL. He should spend his off-time working on his spelling.

557 days ago
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jimi    

if he was horse they would shoot him

557 days ago
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Sodawaterposion     

He fake it cuz he knows the laker won't get past the first round of the play offs this year

557 days ago
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tleeg    

Hey Kobe...its PRAY. Maybe take some 3rd grade classes on your down time. I guess money can't buy brains.

557 days ago
5.

roll3567    

Waaa! What's it feel like to be the one on the receiving end this time Kobe? It took 10yrs, but paybacks a b**ch.

557 days ago
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The Real JJ    

If you think Kobe is going out like this, YOU MUST BE NEW! Kobe is not terrified his career is over, in fact he's says the opposite. Read the entire thing. Don't start turning into mediatakeout.

557 days ago
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bbwlover1969    

Not a Laker fan but I feel for ya Kobe. Tore mine about 20 years ago and it feels like your foots been injected with novacaine. It's just dead. Good luck in your recovery.

557 days ago
8.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Don't worry Kobe, buy your wife more gems or real estate and she'll look the other way when all those blondes still gold-dig your tired old ass.

557 days ago
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The Real JJ    

Kobe can speak 3 languages fluently. I think he said it on purpose like he's gonna go after the bear like its his "prey."

557 days ago
10.

static    

Karma can be a slow mofo sometimes but it's sure.

557 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Who said life was fair, you idiot?

557 days ago
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OCTommy509    

I'm just trying to figure out where TMZ got him "being terrified" his career is over? That's such crap, get the facts straight. He never even said that, he said the opposite!

557 days ago
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Deco    

Kobe should not worry, it's the game that's important not the player, plenty more new talent ready to go

557 days ago
14.

Melimo    

Rapist

557 days ago
15.

wise1    

Kobe, get ur WEAK ASS up & play. Isn't that what u BITCH about via the media regarding Dwight Howard?.

557 days ago
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