Kobe’s Dear Basketball Letter

In a goodbye letter to his first love, basketball, the Black Mamba comes to terms with his inability to perform at a high level, and as a result, his impending retirement. Now that it’s official, we’re anxious to see what the NBA and Nike have in store for the remaining five months of the season. We just hope he can stay healthy.

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,
Kobe

 

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Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant

What can you say about Kobe? There are tons of things you can say about the great Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant. Some that come to mind are, of course black mamba, second coming of Jordan, one of the G.O.A.T.’s, to name a few. Today the Laker basketball player announced that he would be retiring from the leauge at the end of this is 20th season. I was 14yrs old when Kobe came in to the leauge at the young age of 18, now being 37 and in his 20th season I’m still a fan. In my opnion the game of basketball will not be the same after he leaves. I feel there is no one in the game today who has the passion or the drive or just that will to win as much as Kobe has. He is the last of a dying breed of basketball players that play the way he does. He will be truly missed on the court and in a Laker uniform.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. “This season is all I have left to give,” Bryant said in what he called a letter penned “Dear Basketball.” Tribute Via FortyFiveFresh.

 

P.S. It’s still #lakernation til I die

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