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Kobe Bryant to Retire After 2015-16 Season

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Nov 30, 2015.

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    Kobe Bryant has finally confirmed what had been widely assumed already, that the 2015-16 season will be the final act of his legendary NBA career.

    “This season is all I have left to give,” Bryant wrote in a Please or Register to view links Sunday.

    “My heart can take the pounding,” Bryant writes in the letter, entitled Dear Basketball. “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.”

    Bryant had hinted on a number of occasions that this was looking like his final season, but he had yet to formally announce the decision, and had previously said that he didn’t want his 20th campaign becoming something of a farewell tour.

    Injuries, age, and the 55,000-plus NBA minutes he’s logged over the course of his career have taken their toll on the 37-year-old, as Bryant has played just 53 games over the last three seasons while battling a variety of Achilles, knee, and shoulder injuries.

    Bryant’s shooting, especially, has further plummeted this season, with the 17-time All-Star averaging 15.7 points on 31.5 percent shooting from the field and 19.5 percent shooting from 3-point range.

    Bryant, who on opening night became the first player to Please or Register to view links, has 15 All-NBA selections, five championships, two Finals MVP awards, and one league MVP award to his name.

    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,

    :( :cry:
  2. lamaran11

    lamaran11 Addict Established

    wag muna bata pa eh..:ROFLMAO:
  3. NBA 1946 - 2016
    rip :ROFL:
  4. EARZE

    EARZE PHC Contributor Established

    panahon na para mag retire siya..
  5. Ako_ay

    Ako_ay Forum Veteran Established

    Kung mag retire siya o hindi. Desisyon na niya yan. Ang importante tuloy pa rin pag bu bug natin. Hehehe!. Marami na ring magagaling sa GSW team.
  6. magaling talaga mga player sa Golden State pero iba pa din ang Jordan/Kobe :dead:
    Geraldski likes this.
  7. Ako_ay

    Ako_ay Forum Veteran Established

    Wala talaga forever sir. Malalaos talaga? Mas ok si jordan keysa kobe. Iba case ni jordan kaya nawalan na gana na mafia kase! Bahala na sila.
  8. Ako_ay

    Ako_ay Forum Veteran Established

    Matanda na tol at uugod ugod. Heheh! Mas bata si jordan sa kanya!
  9. Umiidad na e,, baka dumami pa lalo injury, kaya tama lang gagawin nya, xD
  10. Marvilowe Alab

    Marvilowe Alab Addict Established

    Need na niya mag retire. Injured na kase msyado + ung edad pa.
  11. Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan. :hilarious:
  12. hyperlefty

    hyperlefty Addict Established

    kobe bryant... lakers for life...
  13. [​IMG] thanks for sharing [​IMG]
  14. Ako_ay

    Ako_ay Forum Veteran Established

    Dami ng magagaling sa golden state warriors. Reason na lang niya nung huli na injury siya kaya bangko. Hirap din kasi sa mga amerikano di tumatanggap ng talo ayaw malaos. Mas poproblemahin ko pa mga bug natin ngayon pano tayo makaktipid o maka avail ng murang net.
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