Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

Arts and Entertainment

Kobe Bryant Will Retire After This Season

kobe_retire.png
Kobe Bryant in 1999. (Photo via Getty Images)
Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.


Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant officially announced on Sunday that he will retire after the 2015-2016 season.Bryant, who played the entirety of his 20-year-career with the Lakers, and led the team to five NBA Championships, posted a poetic statement titled "Dear Basketball," a love letter declaring his retirement, over at The Players Tribune, which you can read in its entirety here. Good luck accessing the website now; massive traffic following the announcement crashed the site earlier Sunday evening.

The letter is certainly one of the more unconventional ways a retirement announcement has been made, and it's super dramatic (fittingly, just like Kobe). It opens:

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.

This part's cool, too:
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.
Support for LAist comes from

Anyway, if you've been following the NBA this season, the decision doesn't come as a surprise, as ESPN reports; Bryant has not-so-subtly hinted that a postseason retirement was likely.

Love him or hate him, it's pretty much undisputed that Bryant is/ was one of the greatest players of all time, right up there (or beyond) Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Just look at his career stats. They're ridiculous.

Want to see Kobe being Kobe? Let's go.

I love a good dunk montage. Here's a collection of dunks devoted exclusively to when Kobe had an Afro:

Lest we forget Kobe's rap career:

Here's Matt Barnes trying, and failing, to trick an unflinching Kobe:

Support for LAist comes from

Let's close it out with this photo of Kobe and a couple of fans.