Kobe Bryant has officially declared his retirement after 20 seasons with Lakers in the NBA. The 37-year-old Bryant made the long-anticipated declaration in a post on The Players' Tribune, writing a poem titled “Dear Basketball.”
“My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye,” wrote Bryant, the third-leading scorer in NBA history. “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.”
Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA scoring champion, 17-time All-Star player and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Bryant's fans have remained devoted to the 6-foot-6 star who won titles alongside Shaquille O'Neal in 2000, 2001 and 2002 before teaming with Pau Gasol for two more in 2009 and 2010.
Let's have a 24 best Kobe Bryant quotes based on his jersey number and you should be able to learn from his wisdom.
24 Awesome Kobe Bryant Quotes To Learn From
Kobe Bryant Quotes #1: I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you.
Kobe Bryant Quotes #2: Everything negative-pressure, challenges-is all an opportunity for me to rise.
Kobe Bryant Quotes #3: If you do not believe in yourself, no one will do it for you.
Kobe Bryant Quotes #4: I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
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