Kobe Bryant will go back under the knife on Wednesday for season-ending surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff.
The 36-year old veteran's season will presumably end after 35 games played, an improvement over last year that saw Achilles' and knee injuries limit Bryant to just six appearances.
On Tuesday morning, Bryant released a brief statement via "The Players' Tribune":
I feel like I just returned a 100 yard kickoff in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl to win it all only to have my run called back by a flag on the play.
The Lakers All-Star guard was injured on Wednesday in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bryant is under contract for another season at $25 million.
Despite his injuries, Bryant is likely to push his way back to the court for a 20th season once he gets through rehabbing a repaired rotator cuff.