Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Explained

kobe bryant retirement

At this point you’ve already heard the news…

Kobe Bryant is retiring after this season (2015-16).

But this article isn’t about announcing anything. It’s about appreciating and analyzing.

I never was a big Kobe fan because I’m an underdog myself so why would I root for the guy everyone’s putting on a pedestal?

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I couldn't.

But as I got older and more and more stories were leaking about Kobe's insane work ethic I started to follow him more and more. I heard first hand of it as well coaching at a couple clinics down at UC Irvine.

He would work out there in the off seasons since he lived close in Newport Beach.  The assistant coach at UC Irvine would work him out and had some EPIC stories about him.

Kobe would workout there from 6am to 11am in the off seasons doing skill work, defensive work, strength training and conditioning.  It was at that time that I started to appreciate Kobe more and more.

I remember hearing a quote from Kobe that said,


I think being up at 4 a.m. adds to the mental toughness.  You start thinking, ‘Ah, maybe this morning I don’t have to. I’ll just roll over and go to sleep. I can shut the alarm off.’ That’s really challenging you mentally to really have to get up and perform. So that’s why I do it.


Kobe Bryant, Los Angles Lakers

And I could spend all day talking about the things he did that 99% of the people in this world wouldn't do to achieve greatness, but this isn't about all that either.

If you're reading this I'm guessing that you too played a little basketball in your day.

Do you remember the day you finally realized you are done playing competitively?

Think back to that day...think back to how you felt...I best you felt a little something like this...

Here is Kobe's retirement announcement letter titled:

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

You can check out the original post here.

He's going to enjoy the last season win or lose.

There's no pressure on you Kobe.

This is going to be an AWESOME All Star game this year and I WILL be watching your last game at Staples.

You definitely were the Jordan of my era as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks for all the great memories.

Even Kevin Durant said said he was Jordan.

Check out this video where he also says he's disappointed how the media have been treating Bryant.

KD ON KOBE'S RETIREMENT P. 1


KD ON KOBE'S RETIREMENT P. 2


Bravo KD.

That was cool to see.

 

So only one question remains...

Why?

Kobe's Explanation


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Ok, I have to add on to this post...

Check out what a life long Celtics fan had to say to Kobe.

Kind of funny and also heart warming.

 

by: Jonathan Jacobson

 

Dear Kobe Bryant,

I hate you.

Can you blame me? As a Celtics fan, I rooted against you for two decades. I rejoiced in your agony when my Celtics beat you in the 2008 Finals. Paul Pierce deserved it way more than you did. You already had three rings at the time. But three just wasn’t enough for you. You got your revenge and ultimately your fifth ring in 2010 while ripping my heart out in the process. I hope you still know how lucky you are that Kendrick Perkins was out for Game 7.

I read your letter in the Players’ Tribune today and was shocked. Not because you announced your retirement – we all already knew that. I was shocked because of the way your letter made me feel.

In my mind, I have always grouped you and Derek Jeter together. You are the players that we as Boston fans bitterly hate, but cannot help but respect. You played the game the right way – with passion, pride, and professionalism. You were true students of the game who pursued greatness by working harder than anybody. You became generational icons of your respective sports. You embraced every challenge. You gave it your all. You put your bodies on the line. You knew how to win. You respected your sport, your craft, and your rivalry with Boston.

December 30 marks the last time that you will play in Boston. This is also the last opportunity for us Celtics fans to cheer our team to victory against arguably the most dominant player in the storied history of the Celtics and Lakers. As you go, so goes what is left of the rivalry that once dominated the NBA. Perhaps someday it will be rekindled by new faces. Perhaps not.

So when you come to the Garden next month, I hope the crowd puts you through hell. I hope we heckle you and boo you more emphatically than we did in the championship bouts. I hope you miss every single free throw. I hope you never forget what it’s like to be surrounded by 17,000 screaming fans who bleed green and would give anything to watch you fail one last time. I hope we beat LA once again.

And when you get pulled from the lineup halfway through the fourth quarter when my Celtics are up by 20 points, I think something beautiful will happen. Every single person in the Garden will stop booing. We will rise to our feet and show respect in the form of the loudest, most passionate standing ovation you have ever witnessed. We will chant your name. We will wipe our eyes. We will say our bittersweet farewells.

They say you never truly know what you got ’til it’s gone. So before you go, I just want to say thank you for being far more than just a great basketball player. To an entire generation of NBA fans, you are basketball. I can’t believe I’m saying this… but I’m really going to miss you. Love (and hate) you always, A Celtics fan who didn’t appreciate you enough.

If you want to check out the original post you can that here.

And one final little piece to the story is that Kobe let all the Laker fans know how much he appreciated them with another personal letter to them.

Check out what he wrote to them.

 

 

3 Comments

  • Avi

    Reply Reply December 2, 2015

    Kobe u were always my favorite player. Even though that era where your team just couldn’t figure out how to win I was still a big fan of yours. Keep living basketball even when you retire.
    Avi

  • Makuac

    Reply Reply February 4, 2016

    i love you kobe from makuac love grates player of all time

  • Makuac

    Reply Reply February 4, 2016

    love you kobe 2 or 3 best player of all time i wont to be like you in the nba when i grow up

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