Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant announced that the current NBA season will be the final one of his storied career.
"This season is all I have left to give," writes Bryant on The Players Tribune in a letter he opens directly to the sport itself with the words, "Dear Basketball."
Bryant is in his 20th season, all with the Lakers since a draft-day trade in 1996 that sent Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets in return for a 17-year old kid taken with the 13th overall pick.
Bryant won five NBA titles. He was still playing at an elite level until April 2013 when he tore an Achilles'...