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Kobe Bryant Will Retire From NBA After 2015-2016 Season

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The 37-year-old released a statement, which is a poem titled “Dear Basketball,” to The Players’ Tribune to reveal the news.
Read his “Dear Basketball” poem below.
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.


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