I’m Ready To Let You Go

I guess that’s it for Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Laker star guard has announced that at 37, his basketball career has come to an end after being down with his team for 20 seasons. After noticing that he averaged under 16 points per game on 31.3 shooting, people deemed that the reason for his decision. Everyone has their thoughts on why he has decided that it was time to say goodbye, his exact words to ‘The Players Tribune’ were:

 

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

 

Blogged By: Shantaye Bailey 

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