Father time gets the better of everyone from time to time. Just this afternoon, I played pickup ball at the local gym and he gave me the business; knees sore, hip sore, back sore, muscles fatigued…and I am no elite athlete.
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, however, is.
But, like myself and many other individuals in this world—All-Star athlete or not, time and injury often prevent us from doing what we love most.
For me, I love art—whether drawing or writing—as much as I love basketball, but I occasionally have bouts with wrist pain that make typing or moving a pencil difficult, just as my surgically repaired ACL doesn’t often hold up when I want to play active sports like basketball.
It’s just nature, the older the body gets, the longer recovery takes.
Bryant, who missed the first 19 games of the season while rehabilitating a torn achilles tendon, suffered a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee in just his sixth game back. Since, he has been limited in his ability to play basketball, much less anything else. He has even voiced his frustrations earlier this week in a sit-down interview with Kustoo.com.
It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience. There’s only so much you can do, so I find myself relegated to riding the bike. After the first few weeks, it’s cool — you’re getting a good workout. Then third, fourth — I need to do something else. I want to play. I want to run. I want to do something different, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
The frustration, while still there, may now subside as the team has officially announced that Bryant will be sitting out the remainder of the season.