Los Angeles, Nov 30: Basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant has announced he will retire at the end of the 2015-16 season. The 17-time tiol Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star and the Lakers’ leading career scorer with more than 32,000 points made his announcement in the form of a poem on theplayerstribune.com on Sunday.
He wrote “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.”
Bryant, 37, joined the Lakers in 1996 from the team of Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia.
The 6-foot-6 star, who is son of former NBA and Italian professiol league player Joe Bryant, was the first high school guard to be drafted by the NBA.
At age of 18, he became the youngest player to play in the NBA, a record since broken by Jermaine O’Neal and ex-teammate Andrew Bynum.
In 2007, at age of 29, Bryant became the youngest NBA player to reach 20,000 career points, since surpassed by another legend, LeBron James. In 2010, he was the youngest player to score 25,000 points. In 2012, he became the youngest player to amass 30,000 points. IANS