Father time has defeated Kobe Bryant

Over the weekend on Sunday afternoon, the world was given the news that Kobe Bean Bryant will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season. The news came out when Kobe submitted a letter to the players Tribune to be release on Sunday. The Letter reads;


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 Bryant/



Kobe understands that father time has beat him. He understand that his body can do no more for the game of basketball. He understands that this is it.

But you’re probably wondering… why is Kobe so important to the NBA?

Many experts, current players, former players and even hall of famers all can say that Kobe was the closest thing to Michael Jordan. MJ himself even concluded that if there was anyone who can beat him in a game of 1 on 1 it would be Kobe Bryant himself.

During 2000 to 2010, Kobe was the NBA’s most important player. Winning 5 championships out of his 7 appearances in the NBA finals. Kobe was the only player in NBA history to play 20 seasons with 1 NBA team. He has accomplished 17 NBA All-Star games, 2 NBA Finals MVP title, 1 NBA MVP, 2 Olympic Gold medals and 15 All-NBA Selections (1stteam All-NBA). Kobe ranks second behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar in most points scored in the NBA.

Kobe was the reigning best player up until the likes of Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry took over. His injury during the 2012-13 season slowed him down as he wasn’t able to return to his form after missing out on 2 seasons.

It is truly sad to see Kobe go out retiring on a team who ranks at the bottom of the table. He has stated on many occasions that he bleeds Lakers colours and he is a diehard Laker until the day he dies. There is no chance that he is leaving.

“Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in history of our game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game. I join Kobe’s millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.”

When Kobe Bryant finally plays his last game, the world will remember what he has done for the game of basketball. He changed the game, he changed the culture and he changed everything for the game of basketball.





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