To Kobe Bryant, thank you very much and happy retirement!
Basketball era ends with Kobe Bryant’s departure
I am no fan of Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers. I disliked them. I took great pleasure in seeing them lose, especially to cellar dwellers.
I love to relive the moments they lost to Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns in the 2006 and 2007 play-offs. But too bad, the Black Mamba and company had the last laugh, with a Western Conference win over the Arizona squad and eventually, a title in 2010 – a torment I had to endure for some time.
The only time I cheered on the Lakers was when they ran over the Golden State Warriors, 112-95 on March 7. It was once in a blue moon support for the blue and gold team, a cellar dweller, to beat the NBA’s #1 team this season. By the way, I dislike the Warriors too. Just a Chicago Bulls follower and basketball fan here, sorry to disrespect.
I believe the time of disliking the Black Mamba has come to stop. The future Hall of Famer is about to retire, so no point hating forever on the man who will be retiring his jersey. Here retires a man who devotes his life to the game, who entrusted his talents to only one team, despite having received huge offers from other teams. Amidst the ups and downs of a 20-year career, he stayed loyal to one city, one team.
Loyalty to just one team is unheard nowadays, and I respect Kobe Bryant for that. Such loyalty invokes the memories of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, and Reggie Miller.
With the departure of the Black Mamba, few players remain from the 1990s. They include Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Andre Miller, Jason Terry and Manu Ginobili. Ageless superstars they may be right now, but they will be pondering retirement in a year or two.
Well, a toast to one of the greatest basketball players of all times! Thank you very much! You will be missed!