Kobe Bryant is indestructible. How many times has that been said? And, surreal as it sounds, since 1996, that statement held up as an absolute truth. Bryant stayed upright all these years and never met an injury he couldn’t play through—until Friday night, when he limped off the court with what is believed to be a torn Achilles’ tendon (But only after hitting two free throws).

It was shocking—and nobody was shocked more than the man himself, who made a late-night/early-morning post on his Facebook page.

"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."

Reality set in. A torn tendon won't be on par the injuries Bryant has dealt with during his run of hero ball with the Lakers. It's more serious than the fractured index finger of 2009, the nasal fracture of 2012 and the sprained ankle from earlier this season. This was a season-ender that had reporters—and even Bryant himself—wondering what to make of his career going forward.

"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!"

NBA players often say it takes time to come down from the adrenaline of a game, that a late finish typically means being up until the wee hours of the morning. The same was true for Bryant following the Lakers’ 118-116 win over the Warriors. Adding to his insomnia was the combination of a severe injury and medication to numb the pain.