KOBE BRYANT, one the best, if not the best player of his generation will officially retire after the current season. When asked about the likelihood of him changing his decision, the five-time NBA champion said, “I’m Kobe Bryant NOT Rodrigo Duterte.”
As a multiple NBA champion, Kobe Bryant has five rings. That’s one less than Michael Jordan but one more than what Mayor Duterte has given his girlfriends.
In the Lakers’ storied franchise, Kobe Bryant leads in most statistical categories. He’s the leader in games and minutes played, field goals, 3-point attempts, free throws, and even missed shots. Also… it is Kobe, not Jejomar Binay as rumored earlier, who leads in steals.
Kobe Bryant is leaving the NBA. His official announcement was in the form of a poem titled, “Dear Basketball.” It was all about letting go. Coincidentally, the Binays are reportedly making an announcement soon too in the form of a poem titled, “Dear Makati City Hall.”
Kobe Bryant has decided to retire from the NBA. Basketball fans took to social media to share their thoughts on Kobe’s decision. In the Philippines, some politicians also reacted to the news. A congressman said he’s proud of his “idol.” A senator tweeted he’s proud of his “all-time favorite!” And Sen. Grace Poe said she’ll always be proud of her “kababayan.”
In 1996 at age 17, Kobe Bryant was drafted in the NBA by the Charlotte Hornets but was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe stayed with LA his entire career. Win or lose, he never switched teams; he never jumped ship. The term for it is “loyalty.” Or as LP members would say, “What’s that?”
In the first round of the 1996 NBA Rookie Draft, Kobe Bryant was not even Charlotte’s first, second, or third choice. He was the Leni Robredo of that round.
Kobe, Basketball and Philippine Politics
At a young age, Kobe was “given away” by his original team. Like Grace Poe.
He derives pleasure from shooting. Like Duterte.
He is a polarizing figure. Like Mar.
He assists. Like Binay.
He steals. Like Binay.
He fadesaway. Like Miriam.
“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”
Aspirants for president were asked, “Sakaling mahalal ka sa 2016, patatalo ka ba sa tukso at magbubulsa ng pondo ng bayan?” Grace Poe said, “Never.” Mar Roxas answered, “Nope.” Miriam replied, “Naaah.” Duterte retorted, “No way.” Binay answered, “Not again.”
“My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”
~Kobe Bryant, 11.29.2015
“He had just an amazing career, a guy who changed the game for me as a player mentally and physically. Means so much to the game of basketball. Somebody I’m always going to look to for advice, for help, for anything. Just a brilliant, brilliant, intelligent man. And it’s sad to see him go.”
~Kevin Durant on Kobe Bryant
“From the hotel to the airport, limang oras. Sabi ko, ‘Bakit? Sinong darating?’ Sabi, si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope, putang-ina mo. Umuwi ka na!’”
~Mayor Duterte talking about his experience during the Papal Visit
Thank you Kobe!
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[Photos: Dear Basketball: The Players Tribune.com; Kobe: Slam Online; Duterte: Inquirer.net]