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Monday, November 30, 2015

Kobe Bryant announces retirement at age 37


Kobe Bryant, unarguably one of the best basketballers in history of the game, yesterday Sunday 29, 2015 announced that he would be quitting the game that brought him fame and fortune at the end of the season.

Bryant announced his retirement in form of a poem on The Players' Tribune website, thus bringing to an end one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport. In the poem titled 'Dear Basketball', the Los Angeles Lakers star wrote:

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. 

In a statement Sunday night, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Bryant “one of the greatest players in the history of our game.”

“I join Kobe’s millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.”

Bryant was 17 years old when he was picked 13th overall in the 1996 draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who promptly traded him to the Lakers, the only organization for which he has played in his professional career. 

He has won five N.B.A. titles and two Olympic gold medals, has been named to 17 All-Star teams and was voted the league’s most valuable player in 2008. He ranks third on the NBA’s career scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

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