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It’s Official: Kobe Bryant Is Retiring

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Admittedly, I’m not much of a sports fan, so this announcement doesn’t hit me quite as hard as it will Lakers fans everywhere: Kobe Bryant is officially retiring at the end of the season. I guess after you make a couple hundred mil, you don’t really need to get off your ass anymore. Kobe put out an “emotional” statement regarding his decision in the form of a love letter to the sport, which is actually pretty great (though I do always wonder if celebrities write things like this themselves or if that’s a PA’s job).

Here’s the piece in full:

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.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Will you miss Kobe Bryant, or were you never really a Lakers fan? Will his absence be noticeable from the NBA?

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  • I know there’s no way he would but Kobe could reinvent his game and be a pass first guy. I would love to see him go out doing something other than chucking 30-40 bricks every single nigh but that is who he is. Shame.