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Kobe Bryant Announces He’ll Retire At End of Season
The end is officially near for Kobe Bryant as the Los Angeles Lakers star announced that he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season.
Kobe made the announcement in a piece on The Players Tribune titled, “Dear Basketball.” In the statement, Bryant begins by saying, “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.”
He eventually goes on to announce his intentions to retire by saying the following:
“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.”
That statement couldn’t be more true, as his five NBA Championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, 17 all-star selections, four all-star MVPs, two Olympic gold medals and one NBA regular season MVP places Kobe Bryant in the conversation among the league’s top players of all-time. But at 37-years-old, the NBA’s third-highest scorer is currently in the midst of his worst season ever.
It’s quite obvious that now’s the time for Kobe to call it quits, and it’s nice to see that he’s finally admitted that much. This decision should help us all remember him for the clutch, dominating force that he’s been for nearly two decades, and not the aging veteran that shot 31.5 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from three-point range through the first 15 games of this season.
We’ll miss you, Kobe.