Kobe Bryant has spent the weekend weighing up his options following news that he likely requires surgery after suffering a torn rotator cuff.
With the Los Angeles Lakers star now 36-years-old the realisation that what is likely one of his final seasons in the NBA could have been brought to a premature end must be a bitter pill to swallow.
Breaking the news
And now a video, courtesy of The Players Tribune, has been released documenting the moment Kobe Bryant visited doctors to be told the potentially season-ending news.
The video, shot in black and white to add an extra dash of drama, shows Kobe visiting with medical staff in El Segundo, California on January 23rd.
And while we all now know the results of the appointment - Bryant was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder - actually watch the doctor attend, and break the potentially devastating news, to the Lakers superstar serves to ram home the seriousness of the situation.
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Kobe Bryant himself, who is now set to miss the upcoming NBA All-Star game even if he does somehow return to the court this season, summed up the situation with an accompanying quote:
"This is the moment I accept the most challenging times will always be behind me AND in front of me."
Bryant is seen explaining that the moment the pain arrived, during the Lakers' recent game against the New Orleans Pelicans, he simply "couldn't do anything" before the doctor lays out the details concerning the injury.
The news that the third rotator cuff has been "pulled off the bone" clearly comes as a shock to Bryant and the other individual (presumably a Lakers employee) in the room - Bryant himself offering only an "OK" in response as he contemplates the situation.
As yet Bryant has not officially been ruled out for the season but that remains the most likely scenario.
The Lakers themselves are expected to offer an update on the situation at some point on Monday.