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“You asked for my hustle.
I gave you my heart.”

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KOBE: THE MAN

  • Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • From age 6 to 13, he lived in Italy where his dad played professional basketball.
  • Married to his wife Vanessa since 2001, with whom he shared 4 girls: Natalia, 17; Gianna, 13; Bianka, 3, & Capri, 7 months.
  • Wrote his memoir in 2018; first young adult “sports fantasy” book in 2019.
  • Won an Oscar in 2018 for his animated film “Dear Basketball” based on his 2015 poem announcing his NBA retirement.
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KOBE: THE ATHLETE

  • Drafted to NBA at 17 after high school (originally to Hornets; traded to Lakers, where he played for his entire career)
  • #1 scorer in Lakers history
  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist
  • #4 scorer in NBA history
  • Five-time NBA champion
  • 18-time NBA All-Star
  • Founded the Mamba Sports Academy, a training facility for young & pro athletes; coached his daughter’s basketball team.
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“Being a father is the thing I am most proud of in this world; it’s my greatest accomplishment. I’ve learned so much, but perhaps the most profound thing has been the fierce, unconditional love you have for your children when you become a parent. I’m blessed to have had that experience four times now and there’s nothing more powerful in this world.”

Kobe Bryant, 2019
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The 41-yr-old & his 13-yr-old daughter Gianna were among 9 killed Sunday in a helicopter crash in CA. In his retirement, Bryant created a media company with the goal of delivering "inspiring and magical stories for kids." The next volume in his young adult book series is set for release in March.

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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