Every Lakers fan has argued wholeheartedly, at the top of their lungs in full belief that we were witnessing the greatest player to ever touch the court in Kobe Bryant. Better than even MJ.
The confidence to make such a bold statement came as a direct result of the swagger Kobe has carried since his 1996 draft day. Everything about him screamed “I am going to be the greatest and there isn’t a single person on this planet that can stop me.” Some people loved it. Others said he was too cocky for his own good. But regardless of what your opinion is/was in regards to his championship or bust mentality, there isn’t a single soul that can argue whether or not Kobe will go down in history as one of the greatest shooting guards to ever lace them up.
This season however has been a rough one for the 5 time NBA Champion and future Hall of Famer, currently ranked near the bottom in FG and 3PT percentages for active players. The lift just isn’t the same anymore, bombs from 30 feet are falling off the mark badly and the frustration of “my mind says I can but my body says otherwise” has caught up to Bryant.
On Sunday afternoon, Kobe finally confirmed what everyone felt was coming in a personal note entitled ‘Dear Basketball’ stating “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.”
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 29, 2015
Salute to one of the greatest players a generation will ever get to see. Everything beyond this season will just be highlight reels, the night Kobe scored 81 points discussions and MJ vs. Bryant comparisons in the barbershop. Bittersweet moment we all knew was coming.