Kobe Bryant stated, "When we first met, I was just a kid" in his second retirement letter to Los Angeles. 

Kobe Bryant's amazing "Dear Basketball" essay for The Players  ,

Tribune is legendary for making his decision to retire official:

The website crashed as a result of the poetry. 

But in addition to that message to basketball, the Black Mamba also sent a letter of retirement to the City of Los Angeles.

The letter was distributed to spectators at the Lakers' home game ...

...against the Indiana Pacers on November 29. A black envelope contained it.

One of the greatest sports narratives ever is Kobe's rise from high school prodigy to one of the greatest players in NBA history. 

At No. 13, he was a steal for the Lakers in the 1996 NBA Draft. After a rocky start,