Today, April 13, 2016 is Kobe Bryant’s last game in the National Basketball Association, after 20 seasons. Kobe will be donning the LA Laker number 24 jersey for the last time, against the Utah Jazz. And, who better to send him off than LA-based and Compton-living legend, Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick has released a mellow spoken word tribute to Kobe to wish him fare-the-well. But, as Kendrick says it “know that its never goodbye it’s simply respect due. I do forever”
Kobe Bryant wrote a moving letter to announce his retirement on The Players’ Tribune back in November, calling it “Dear Basketball.” And, it read,
“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 was the first guard to go straight from high school into the NBA.
According to CNN, here is a breakdown of Kobe’s history in the NBA.
• Third all-time scorer in total points, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
Scored 81 points on January 22, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest total in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain (100) has scored more in a game.
• Won five NBA championships, 2000-2002 and 2009-2010.
• Won two Olympic gold medals — in 2008 and 2012.
• NBA MVP in 2008.
• 18 All-Star selections.
• Two-time NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007).
• Four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Staying with one team for an entire career is rare. Staying on one team for a 20-year career? That’s extraordinary.
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