Los Angeles Lakers fan or not.
Kobe Bryant fan or not.
Basketball fans as a whole—and even those of us who enjoy sports from a distance—bowed our heads respectfully and saluted Kobe Bryant Sunday, when he released a beautiful poem on the Players’ Tribune announcing that he would be retiring from the game after this 2015-2016 season.
In the poem, Bryant described his introduction to the game and the love he’s had for it ever since.
From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:
I fell in love with you.
He then spoke about what is causing him to retire. It’s the thing that causes most athletes to retire: their aging bodies.
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.
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source: The Root.com