“Dear Basketball” – Kobe Bryant

FROM THE MOMENT

I STARTED ROLLING MY DAD’S TUBE SOCKS

I SHOOT AN IMAGINARY GAME WINNING SHOT

IN A GREAT WESTERN FORM

I KNEW ONE  THING WAS REAL

I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU

A LOVE SO  DEEP, I GAVE YOU MY ALL

FROM MY MIND AND BODY

TO MY SPIRIT AND SOUL

AS A 6 YEARS OLD BOY

DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH YOU

I NEVER SAW AN END AT THE TUNNEL

I ONLY SAW MYSELF RUNNING OUT OF IT

AND SO I RAN

I RAN UP AND DOWN EVERY COURT

AFTER EVERY LOOSE BALL, FOR YOU

YOU ASK FOR MY HUSTLE

I GAVE YOU MY HEART

BECAUSE I CAME FOR SO MUCH MORE

I PLAYED THROUGH THE SWEAT AD THE HURT

NOT BECAUSE CHALLENGE CALLED ME

BUT BECAUSE YOU CALLED ME

I DID EVERYTHING

FOR YOU

BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU DO

WHEN SOMEONE MAKES YOU FEEL AS ALIVE

AS YOU HAVE MADE ME FEEL

YOU GAVE A 6 YEAR BOY

HIS LAKERS JOURNEY

AND I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU FOR IT

I CAN’T LOVE YOU

OBSESSIVELY FOR MUCH LONGER

THIS SEASON IS ALL I HAD 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

THAT’S OKAY

I’M READY TO LET YOU GO

I WANT YOU TO KNOW NOW

SO, WE BOTH CAN SAVE

OUR MOMENT WE HAVE

LEFT TOGETHER

THE GOOD AND THE BAD

WE’VE GIVEN EACH OTHER

ALL THAT WE HAVE

AND WE BOTH KNOW

NO MATTER WHAT I DO NEXT

I’LL ALWAYS BE THAT KID

WITH ROLLED UP SHOCKS

GARBAGE CAN IN THE CORNER

5  SECONDS ON THE CLOCK

BALL IN MY HANDS

FIVE

FOUR

THREE

TWO

ONE

LOVE YOU ALWAYS

—- KOBE

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