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Kobe Bryant Announces His Retirement From The NBA

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What a loss for the NBA.

On Sunday, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement from the Lakers in a sad yet poignant poem titled, Dear Basketball. The announcement comes as a shock for fans and even coach Bryon Scott.

Related: Kobe Dishes On Lamar's Health

Bryant expressed:

"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."

Aww. What a disappointing day for Kobe fans. Either way, it seems like he's doing the best for his health.

As for coach Scott, he was blindsided by the announcement. Check out the tweet (below)!

Wow. We wonder if Lamar Odom's health scare contributed to K.B.'s change of heart.

You can check out the father's full poem HERE.

So, are YOU surprised by the announcement?

[Image via Instagram.]

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