The eulogy for Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Laker will read as follows: 3rd all-time scorer in NBA history, 5x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x NBA MVP, 17x All-Star (probably 18 after this one), 2 Olympic Gold medals and countless headlines and conservations about his toughness, his greatness, his arrogance, his defiance and being the first guard since the retirement of Michael Jordan to dominate the league. He was never the absolute best player in the world since he existed in the same space as Tim Duncan and then LeBron James after that but he was the most polarizing. Bryant announced his exit from the game earlier tonight, stating that the last 64 games of the NBA season will be his last.

In a letter written for Derek Jeter’s The Players Tribune website, Bryant wrote a poem, a love letter to a game he’s spent his entire adulthood playing professionally. He once argued that he wouldn’t be an aging veteran chasing 20 points a night but the Laker legend is shooting 32% this season on a body that has logged more miles on its odometer than almost any other basketball player before him. Father Time beat the Black Mamba, but the Black Mamba still ives on.

[The Player’s Tribune]