“Kobe in last NBA season”

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THIS YEAR will be Kobe Bryant’s 20th and final season in the NBA.

In a heartfelt letter, written to the sport of basketball, Bryant announced he would be returning at the end of this season. Bryant, who has spent all of his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, has struggled this season as his team sank to 2-13.

Over the last three seasons, he has also been limited by injuries.

Bryant is the third on the NBA scoring charts and is a five-time NBA champion.

He won the league MVP title in 2008, the Finals MVP title in 2009 and 2010.

He has made 17 All-Star appearances.

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 savour 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