We all knew it was coming. He’s coming off surgeries and he’s in his 20th season in the NBA. It was only a matter of time before he hit a wall he couldn’t go through. Kobe Bryant has announced that he will retire at the end of the season. He wrote a beautiful poem which could be read here.
Before the season I didn’t think he would look this bad. I thought he would have some Kobe moments and he would struggle in other games. It hasn’t happened that way and people have asked for him to retire during the season. It’s good to see him on the court and not on the bench in a suit.
I’m sure many of you are looking on YouTube right now trying to find your favorite Kobe moments. I’m not saying we should forget the past three seasons of Kobe Bryant but just remember all the great things he has done. The guy is an amazing basketball player. He’s a top 10 player in NBA history, he’s the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history, he’s 3rd in scoring in NBA history and he’s the second best shooting guard only behind Michael Jordan.
I remember growing up there was team Iverson and team Kobe. I was always on team Iverson but I couldn’t deny Kobe’s talent. People hate on him because he took Jordan’s moves; but why not study the best to be the best? He study Mike and added his own flair to it. He had the mini-fro which I did love and young Kobe really showed off his handle. He shot air-balls in playoff games and eventually won titles with Shaq. He went on a monster scoring spree just to prove he was the best and then he went right back to winning titles. He scored 81 points in a real NBA game, he won gold medals and he won titles.
He wasn’t a top 10 pick and he was traded on draft night. He changed his number, clashed with teammates; he fell and got back up. It is very difficult watching him play this season but just appreciate everything he has given to this game. He played through countless injuries and always worked to improve his game. In his poem he says, “I did everything for YOU…I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now so we both can savor every moment we have left together.”
So just appreciate the time we have left with Kobe. Don’t look at the numbers just appreciate the man, the player. We will never see another player like him. Thank you Kobe.