We all saw it coming, but on Sunday, Kobe Bryant announced that the 2015-16 NBA season would be the last in his Hall of Fame career, and that he would retire after this season. The one-time MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, four-time All-Star game MVP, five-time NBA champion, 17-time All-Star, 11-time First Team All-NBA and 20-year veteran revealed it would be his last season in a poem, one the kids didn’t understand because it didn’t rhyme. (But hey, at least it was short enough that they may have even read the whole thing before going back to their Twitters, Vines, Instagrams and trying to be all on fleek.)
Kobe wrote a special letter to fans, too.
Here’s how the letter begins: “Some of you took me in. Some of you didn’t. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today.”
And how he closes it: “”My love for this city, this team and for each of you will never fade. Thank you for this incredible journey.”