They say all good things must come to an end, but what about great things?
Great things don’t end, they don’t die, and they are never forgotten, because things are never the same afterwards.
Greatness lives on, indelibly inked in the memory of whoever was lucky enough to experience it.
That’s why I’m writing this.
The game of basketball will never be the same because you came this way.
You desperately loved the game, and the game loved you back.
I wish I could say that it was always the love you deserved.
Like many great relationships, you never fully appreciate them while you’re in it.
“If you admire somebody you should go ahead and tell ’em,
Cos people never get the flowers whilst they can still smell ’em…” – Kanye West
As I sit here and try to put almost 20 years of achievements into a few paragraphs, the effort seems like an injustice.
How can I find the words to capture what you truly meant to the game of basketball and to professional sports.
How can I convey the impact you had with the premiere of your documentary “Muse”?
What prose can I string together to accurately communicate how special an individual you were, and are.
A man carved from a mould made in a different time.
You articulate your thoughts in a manner unlike most athletes in professional sports.
Driven, bordering on maniacal;
Your mindset unique, and workrate unquestionable;
THE personification of what it means to be a competitor.
So now I’ll let you do what you’ve done your whole career, and that’s write your own story
“There’s a choice, that we have to make as people, as individuals,
If you want to be great at something there’s a choice you have to make.
We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice.
What I mean by that, is there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that.
Family time, hanging out with your friends…whatever the case may be
There’s sacrifices that come along with making that decision” – Kobe Bryant from the documentary “Muse”
“I wanted to learn how to become the best basketball player in the world
I knew that I was not going to be stopped
At the age of 18 THIS WAS MY LIFE
So you can’t possibly become better than me,
Because you’re not spending the time on it that I do.
Even if you wanted to spend the time on it…you CAN’T.
So I already won…” – Kobe Bryant from the documentary “Muse”
“The most important thing is to put everybody on notice that you’re here and you’re for real
I’m not a player that’s just gonna come and go,
I’m not a player that’s gonna make an allstar team 1 time, 2 times
I’m here to be an all time great” – Kobe Bryant from the documentary “Muse”
“Once I had made that commitment and said…
I want to be one of the greatest EVER, then the game became everything for me.
The challenge was not only to win one but to win multiple ones
To be able to sit at the same lunch table with my muses
I wanted to be able to sit down at the same lunch table with them, and belong there.
and I’m very proud to be able to say, I can do that.” – Kobe Bryant from the documentary “Muse”
Enjoy the victory lap, and let the game give you the salute you more than deserve.