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.