NBA Great Kobe Bryant to retire after his 20th season

Shamarie By Shamarie, 30th Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/he1l_1gq/
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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers announced Sunday that he would retire from professional basketball after the end of this season, his 20th in the N.B.A.

One of the Greatest Ever

'I had to accept the fact I don't want to do this anymore' – Kobe Bryant

Yesterday, on November 29, 2015, Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest NBA players of all-time announced his retirement from the NBA. He is currently playing in his twentieth and final season in the NBA. Kobe Bryant, arguably the greatest Laker ever, expressed his love and passion for the game of basketball in a poem called, Dear Basketball, in The Players' Tribune.

“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 trough 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.



In a letter distributed to LA Lakers' fans before that evening's game against the Indiana Pacers, Kobe Bryant wrote, "What you've done for me is far greater than anything I've done for you. ... My love for this city, this team and for each of you will never fade. Thank you for this incredible journey."

Kobe's Accomplishments

• 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009–2010)
• 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)
• NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
• 17× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2015)
• 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009,2011)
• 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
• 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)
• 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
• 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004,2006–2011)
• 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002,2012)
• 2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)
• NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
• NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
• Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer
• Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)

At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, Kobe Bryant won gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the top NBA player of the 2000s.

Thank you, Kobe!!!

Congratulations to Kobe “the Black Mamba” Bryant for an outstanding 20-year NBA career. Of all the moments you've provided to the game, the greatest attribute is that you never, ever, cheated basketball. You always came to play at a high level and prove to your oppositions that you were the best. On the rare occasions when you fell, you always went down fighting, which earned you respect from your peers and fans for your competitive spirit. Thank you, for being a treasure to the game of basketball. God bless!!!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Shamarie, excellent article. Kobe is such an excellent basketball player. He will be missed. I wonder what he will do next?

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author avatar Shamarie
30th Nov 2015 (#)

I wonder too, Nancy! Thanks for the comment. God bless!!!

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Kobe has had a great career playing basketball for one the elite teams in the National Basketball Association. He is sure to be elected into the Hall Of Fame as soon as he eligible.

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author avatar Shamarie
1st Dec 2015 (#)

I agree, Deepizzaguy! He is a Top 10 Greatest Player of All-Time! Thanks for the comment!!!

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author avatar Deepizzaguy
1st Dec 2015 (#)

You are welcome. Kobe is one the few players in the history of the league to play basketball for one team in the free agency era. That is amazing.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Good share. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
5th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell!!

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