The Greatest Moments From Kobe Bryant’s Career

Kobe Bryant announced he’ll retire next season from basketball. We saw it coming before three seasons. The Black Mambas days were numbered, with harms stacking up and with more time off the court than on.

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Here is his letter in full length:
Beloved Basketball,

In the second
I began rolling my father’s tube socks
And shooting fantastic
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I understood one thing was actual:

I fell in love

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my head & body
To my nature & soul.

As a six-year old son
Profoundly in love with you
I never found the end of the tunnel.
I just found myself
Running out of one.

And 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 perspiration and damage
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
Living as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year old son his Laker dream
And I’ll always adore you for this.
But I ca’t adore you obsessively for much more.
This season is all I’ve left to give.
My heart can take the beating
My head can manage the grind
But my body understands it’s time to say good-bye.

And that’s OK.
I’m prepared to let you go.
I need one to understand now
So we both can savor every minute we’ve left together.
The great and the poor.
we’ve given each other
All that we have.

And we both understand, regardless of what I do next
I’ll constantly be that child
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball within my hands.
5 …; 4 …; 3 …; 2 …; 1

Love you always,
Kobe
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To honor the guy that brought a fresh showtime to LA, we’ve assembled you his finest seconds to appreciate and recall the player he once was. Thank you Kobe.

The Time He Did’t Flinch

Kobes Greatest Fights

His Greatest Dunks

Kobe vs. Jordan

Kobes Game Victor From Downtown