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Kobe Bryant to Retire After this Season!

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OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up prior to playing the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on November 24, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OMG can you believe it? Kobe Bryant is retiring from basketball at the end of the current NBA season.

The 37-year-old acclaimed Los Angeles Lakers all-star guard announced the news via a self-penned open letter, published on www.theplayerstribune.com

Excerpt:

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye…

Read the entire letter on www.theplayerstribune.com

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Bye Kobe, we’ll miss you!

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Thearon W. Henderson

1 Comment

  1. Benson Ossai

    December 1, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Legend.

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