Kobe Bryant’s Last Season

Brandon Guerreo, Staff Writer

News of Kobe Bryant’s retirement from basketball came from The Players’ Tribune website on Sunday, Nov. 29. Bryant announced that this season would be his last, in a short story titled, “Dear Basketball.” Where he personifies basketball and explains how strong his passion for the sport really is.


From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum,” Bryant said in his story, “I knew one thing was real, I fell in love with you.”


Bryant has accomplished much in his twenty-year career with the Lakers. With two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, and an NBA MVP, his career is nearing its end.


“He kind of shocked me when he told me,” Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters. “I think it’s always hard when greatness like Kobe decides to hang it up.


Fans of Kobe Bryant are not just the ones that show up to the games or watch them on television. Bryant has the respect of numerous professional basketball players. Most of the players on the Milwaukee Bucks were teens when Bryant was starting his career.


“I remember when I started watching basketball, like seventh or eighth grade, and really sitting down and watching him dissect the game,” Jabari Parker, player for Milwaukee Bucks, told Aron Yohannes. “Nobody was ever close to even competing against him; that was something amazing back then.”


Bryant has stated that he has been contemplating retiring for a while. He has said that his “body knows its time to say goodbye.” He has suffered from twenty-two injuries over the span of his two-decade career. Injuries include: lacerations, fractures, sprains, surgery, bruise, swelling, torn tendons, flus, and even a viral infection. It is possible that the thirty-seven year old cannot take any more beatings.