Thought I dedicate today’s post to two sports icons who made announcements that baffled me this morning.
Those of you who follow basketball and the Lakers in particular would surely know that Kobe played through an injured pinkie towards the latter part of the NBA season including the playoffs. Even then, the doctors were already recommending surgery but being the competitor that he is, Kobe postponed the date with the surgeon until after the Beijing Olympics. I remember admiring his competitive spirit then and I could understand the reasons why he decided to postpone the surgery. The doctors stated that recovery would take around 2-3 months and Kobe didn’t want to miss out on what turned out to be a good run to the NBA Finals. Participating in Beijing was also a no-brainer, Kobe wanted so bad to be part of ‘Redeem Team’ and as it turned out, he also played a big role in the gold medal game against Spain.
NBA Training Camp opens in 3 weeks and the season itself would start the end of October. Pretty good time to get that surgery don’t you think? But I guess this is the reason why Kobe is Kobe and we are who we are….. Kobe just decided that he will not have surgery at all…….He said that the 12-week recovery period was just too much sacrifice and he wanted to use the training camp as a time to bond with his teammates, etc. I don’t know, but I’m not sure I’m with Kobe on this one. I mean his shooting hand is one good slap away from a total fracture and what will happen to the Lakers then? PLEASE KOBE, GO GET THAT FREAKING SURGERY DONE AND LET’S LOOK FORWARD TO A WORRY-FREE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FOR THE LAKERS, MAN!!!!!!!
Lance Armstrong just announced that he’s coming out of retirement to do the Tour de France in 2009. I guess running marathons just isn’t the same, huh? 7 Tour de France victories are not enough, huh? Hanging out with Kate Hudson is not enough, huh? I guess this is the reason why Lance is Lance and we are who we are. I have mixed feelings on this one. Sure, I’m happy for Lance and want to see him climb the Pyrenees once again but then he was already at the pinnacle of the cycling world when he retired. Just don’t want to see another Michael Jordan who just didn’t know when to quit.
So there you go…. 2 bull-headed competitors throwing caution to the wind….This calls for Cheers! I guess?
But, what the heck, the 2008-2009 NBA season and 2009 Tour de France couldn’t start soon enough 🙂