Colby BryantA real life “Love And Basketball” scenario, After 20 years of being in the NBA as a Los Angeles Laker, 5 championships, and 2 Olympic medals, Philadelphia native Kobe Bryant announced his retirement after this season  last night at the Staple Center just before a game against the Indiana Pacers, Mr Bryant penned an emotional and touching letter on The Players Tribune professing his feelings to the love of his life “Basketball” and how he has been in love with it since a 6-year boy. “I fell in love with you. A love so deep I gave you my all —From my mind & body to my spirit & soul. As a six-year-old boy Deeply in love with you I never saw the end of the tunnel.”

Bryant went into details about his interaction, dedication and his appreciation for the game to eventually end the letter with the announcement of their up coming separation.

“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. And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go… And we both know, no matter what I do next I’ll always be that kid with the rolled up socks Garbage can in the corner :05 seconds on the clock Ball in my hands. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 …1

Kobe Bryant

Young Kobe Bryant Photo: twitter

Love you always,

Kobe”

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 KOBE BRYANT

Dear Basketball,

From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks And shooting imaginary

Game-winning shots In the Great Western Forum I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you. A love so deep I gave you my all —From my mind & body

To my spirit & soul. As a six-year-old boy Deeply in love with you I never saw

the end of the tunnel. I only saw myself Running out of one. And so I ran.

I ran up and down every court After every loose ball for you. You asked for

my hustle I gave you my heart Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt Not because challenge called me

But because YOU called me. I did everything for YOU

Because that’s what you do When someone makes you feel as

Alive as you’ve made me feel. You gave a six-year-old boy

his Laker dream And I’ll always love you for it.

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. 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.

And we both know, no matter what I do next I’ll always be that kid

With the rolled up socks Garbage can in the corner :05 seconds on the clock

Ball in my hands. 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Kobe

KOBE BRYANT