Kobe Bryant has announced his retirement from professional Basketball league NBA. In an open letter “Dear Basketball“, Kobe writes in The Players Tribune,
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.
A veteran of 20 years, Kobe Bryant went straight from high school to the LA Lakers franchise in 1996. He is universally regarded as the next best player after Michael Jordan. Kobe has five NBA championship rings, 17 All-Star selections and two Olympic gold medals. He is also third in the list of all-time NBA scorers.
Kobe has been battling injuries for past 2 seasons and has looked a shadow of himself this season. He has appeared in only 41 games in last 2 seasons and his field goal percentage of 32% is worst the shooting performance of his career.
Bryant is the NBA’s highest-paid player this season with a $25 million salary. There were reports which suggested that Kobe may end up finishing his career in New York after Lakers failed to add any key individual for a third straight year. But Kobe was always clear that he wanted to end his career as Laker and suiting up for another franchise was never in play.
Interesting fact: Kobe Bryant has missed more shots (13,919) than John Stockton took in his entire NBA career.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 29, 2015