Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 6/11/13
It’s safe to say that I don’t cheer for anyone to get hurt. This idea has turned into a comical moment for me and my friends by one of us saying to the other, with a huge grin on our face, that “we NEVER like to see anyone get hurt, but…” Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill So you could only imagine how I feel about the man who gets every call in the book, yet it’s still never enough. The man who openly berates his teammates, and is loved for it. The man with a checkered past that everyone outside of Boston dismisses and forgets. Kobe Bryant limps off the court after suffering a torn Achilles, my first thought: payback. But then I thought to myself and remembered a warm September afternoon five years ago when my idol got knocked down and never got back up. Sudden flashback: Tom Brady suffers a torn ACL thanks to “Patriot Killer” Bernard Pollard. In regards to Tom Brady’s ACL or Bryant’s Achilles, these aren’t just cases of injury; they’ve lost so much more than just ligaments. They lost invincibility. Two legends of their respective sports, two of the greatest athletes ever to play their games, and two people that are both admired by most, if not all. These are guys that always play hurt, always gutted out games when they weren’t even close to 100%, and always got back up when they got knocked down. Kobe Bryant has played nearly 17 seasons in the NBA, combined with seven playoff runs resulted in NBA finals appearances. Then add on the fact that Mike D’Antoni ran him into the ground to fulfill Bryant’s ambitious guarantee of returning to the playoffs, and the fact that he’s getting older. Last April when Mariano Rivera freakishly tore his ACL on the Kauffman Stadium warning track, I knew he would return to overcome the lasting memory of his head covered by a towel being carted off from centerfield. He wasn’t supposed to end his career like that and I applaud him for returning. Our lasting memory of Kobe Bryant should not be a legend sneering in pain. He deserves to walk off the court when he is finished, with his chest and chin out, like he’s done so many times in his illustrious career. For the man who time and time again makes shots that defy logic, the man that will make you earn every step on the court and the man that rises to the occasion unlike any player we have ever seen, he deserves better. Kobe Bryant lost his invincibility, but he has all the ability in the world to come back and be Kobe Bryant again. -Kovner
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