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Kobe Bryant

Source: Walter Iooss Jr./The Players’ Tribune / Walter Iooss Jr./The Players’ Tribune

Kobe Bryant shocked the world with his recent revelation, which he shared via poem titled, “Dear Basketball.”

In the poem the five-time NBA champion takes the reader through his love for basketball. He explains that it wasn’t the challenge that made him play for 20 seasons – it was the essence of the sport.


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.

And what’s next for Kobe?

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

See you in the basketball afterlife!