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Kobe Bryant Posted An Incredibly Heartfelt Message To Gordon Hayward On Instagram

Props to the Mamba for this.

Last night, Boston Celtics small forward Gordon Hayward suffered a brutal leg injury in his team's season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Hayward was diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia. He's got a long road back, though the Celtics are said to be "cautiously optimistic."

Bryant, who battled back from a torn Achilles and fractured knee that cost him much of the 2013-14 season, shared a message of support for Hayward on Instagram. You can see the post below.

Here's the full transcript of Bryant's caption.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentalityalways.

As we said last night, Hayward has a ton of support from fellow NBA players, which will no doubt help him as he recovers.