The 37-year-old Los Angeles Star, Kobe Bryant has finally decided to say goodbye to basketball. The announcement was rather shocking as many believed Bryant to continue on with his career.
Earlier, Bryant has always mentioned about considering making his 20th NBA season his last, as per the Jamaica Gleaner reports.
“This season is all I have left to give,” Bryant said in what he called a letter entitled “Dear Basketball.”
“My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye,” Bryant wrote in the post. “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.”
Bryant played terrific roles to help the Lakers win 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 titles . According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryant ranks third on the NBA’s career scoring list,and has two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points. This is an incredible record set by the NBA star.
“Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the 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.”
He shall remain on of the All-Time favorites for basketball lovers. Here are some of the best moments of the Lakers’ star.
Basketball All-Star: Kobe Bryant is one of those few players who took part in every All-Star weekend in the some capacity in their career.
NBA Record: Bryant set an NBA record with 12 made three-pointers, including nine straight, making a total of 10 straight shots at one point.
Scoring 21-points against the Pistons: He wasn’t the starter at that point in his career. Bryant Scored 21-points against the Pistons and that is the first time he led the Lakers in scoring.
MVP Player: Bryant went for 31 points, five rebounds, and five assists against the 76ers’ thus securing the game’s MVP.
The Crazy Dunks: Bryant is known for his crazy dunks and it is mesmerizing to see Kobe producing such performances.
Olympics: He helped the Men’s Olympic basketball team to take home the bronze medal in 2004.
NBA History: Bryant’s 81-point game ranks as the second-best in NBA history.
Los Angles Lakers’ Star: Bryant played terrific roles to help the Lakers win 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 titles.