Kobe Bryant to Retire — Twitter Erupts in Appreciation
Kobe Bryant — 17-time NBA All-Star, five-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist, 11-time all-NBA first teamer and a surefire Hall-of-Famer — announced this season will be his last in a poem on The Players’ Tribune.
Bryant talked about his decision to hang ’em up following Sunday’s game against the Pacers:
As expected with news of this magnitude by a player of this caliber, reaction was swift and immense, with people from all walks of life chiming in on Twitter to pay homage to Bryant.
— NBA (@NBA) November 30, 2015
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 30, 2015
Hard to believe @kobebryant is finally going to hang it up. One of the NBA's great champions. Enjoy the rest of this season my friend.
— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) November 30, 2015
KB scored 56 on me in 3(!) qtrs my rookie year. Pushed me to be better more than any player I've faced. He has my ultimate hoops respect.
— Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) November 30, 2015
— Rick Fox (@RickFox) November 30, 2015
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) November 30, 2015
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) November 30, 2015
Nothing but tremendous respect and admiration for @kobebryant I have always been the biggest fan of his competitive drive. Thank you
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 30, 2015
Meanwhile, if you’d like to re-live some of Kobe’s classic moments, check some of them out below: