Ang Huling Laro ni Pareng Kobe

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Medyo emotional ako sa huling laro ni Kobe Bryant kanina. Oo, with matching luha sa mata at may bukol pa atang kasama pagkatapos kong mauntog ang ulo ko nung naka score sya para ibigay ang lead sa lakers sa huling minuto ng laro.

The 37 year old guy scored 60 points, which is an all time high in NBA history for a farewell game. He played for 42 minutes. Classic Kobe.

Medyo affected ako sa #MambaDay the last time I felt like this was when Olsen Racela retired from PBA.

Kobe’s love and dedication for the game is one the reason why he’s one of the G.O.A.T. for me. Come on people, remember when he tore his achilles? He hopped on the way to the bench, went back on the court to shoot & made the two free throws and walked refusing to be brought out in a stretcher to the locker room. Si kuya na ang hindi takot masaktan!

Earlier after the game, He was asked about what will he leave behind in the court. He was quick to answer: “My heart and soul” and surely it was his heart and soul that he will be leaving. Let me share to you his retirement announcement before this season started. Mga mem, OA lang pero feeling ko nakipag break sya sakin sa letter na ‘to HAHA

Dear Basketball,

From the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.
A love so deep
I gave you my all –
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But 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.

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.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

Mamba out.