This will be Kobe Brant's final season. The NBA star's big announcement is crashing the internet.
During the 2012 Olympics, Lakers star Kobe Bryant made it known that would likely be his last and final Olympics. The announcement led folks to believe It looks like he's sticking to that thought. Tonight, the 37-year-old legend-in-the-making announced that this 2015-2016 NBA season will be his last.
In a poem called 'Dear Basketball,' written on The Players Tribune, Kobe professed his love for the game of basketball saying:
I played through the sweat and hurtThen, he broke the news with his next words:
Not because challenge called meBut because YOU called me.I did everything for YOUBecause that’s what you doWhen someone makes you feel asAlive as you’ve made me feel.
You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dreamHe continued:
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 poundingMy mind can handle the grindBut my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
And that’s OK.Needless to say, the announcement crashed their site earlier.
I’m ready to let you go.I want you to know nowSo we both can savor every moment we have left together.The good and the bad.We have given each otherAll that we have.
Kobe has had a hell of a career, 5 championship rings, 2 Gold medals, 3 total MVPs, 17 All-Star games and 20 years in the game to show for it. Hats off to one of the best players to ever play the game. We're sure his last season will be the most emotional and memorable one yet. #MambaOut