“Dear Basketball, I’m ready to let you go”—Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant declared his retirement from basketbal... more

American basketball legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, formally announced his retirement after the current season. This brings an end to Bryant’s illustrious 20-year career. AP
1/5American basketball legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, formally announced his retirement after the current season. This brings an end to Bryant’s illustrious 20-year career. AP
Bryant made the announcement with a poignant poem where he writes about how he fell in love with the game as a six-year-old and played with all his heart and sweat. AP
2/5Bryant made the announcement with a poignant poem where he writes about how he fell in love with the game as a six-year-old and played with all his heart and sweat. AP
During his long association with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant has helped the team win the NBA championship five times and is a 17-time NBA All-star winner and the 1997 Slam dunk champion. He also scored a career-high 81 points in 2006. Reuters
3/5During his long association with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant has helped the team win the NBA championship five times and is a 17-time NBA All-star winner and the 1997 Slam dunk champion. He also scored a career-high 81 points in 2006. Reuters
The Lakers shooting guard was also the subject of several fan-generated memes for his habit of never passing the ball on court. Livemint
4/5The Lakers shooting guard was also the subject of several fan-generated memes for his habit of never passing the ball on court. Livemint
Bryant’s retirement news has not come as a shock to some analysts who claim that he has not been inform lately. He has missed 123 games due to injusries in the last two years alone. Reuters
5/5Bryant’s retirement news has not come as a shock to some analysts who claim that he has not been inform lately. He has missed 123 games due to injusries in the last two years alone. Reuters
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