For the third season in a row, Kobe Bryant will not see it through from start to finish. Last week, the Lakers announced that the star guard will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a torn rotator cuff, which Bryant injured in New Orleans against the Pelicans–a 16-point loss. For what it’s worth, Lakers coach Byron Scott was considering shutting Bryant down for the season anyway, considering they’ve realistically been out of playoff contention since the first week of the season, and Bryant is midway through his 20th season as a pro. Time is not on his side.
Just a few days after the news of Bryant’s rotator cuff was made public, Kobe, via The Players Tribune where he’s an editorial director, posted the above video clip, which is of Kobe learning about his disappointing diagnosis. The message accompanying the video was simple:
This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me.
Watch the emotional clip above.