For weeks, Kobe Bryant has been carrying the Los Angeles Lakers and their playoff chances on his back.
But it was a different body part that felled the NBA superstar last night, as Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season and possibly beyond.
Even the biggest Laker hater has to be shaking his or her head at the news. Who wants to see one of sports' living legends go out in such a way?
But is Kobe done for good? The injury - and perhaps some pain medication - prompted Bryant to go on an EPIC Facebook rant this morning at 3:30.
It includes words of doubt, inspiration... and a warning to any bear looking for a fight. And it's worth just reading in its entirety below: