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Kobe Bryant, in an open letter on the website the Players Tribune, said this will be his last season. In what he called "Dear Basketball", Bryant wrote: "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 itís time to say goodbye." Detroit Free Press
Adam Silver: ďWith 17 NBA All-Star selections, an NBA MVP, five NBA championships with the Lakers, two Olympic gold medals and a relentless work ethic, Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game. Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game." InsideHoops
Bryant, who has won five NBA championships with the last coming in 2010, has battled repeated knee injuries and an Achilles tear. This season, he's averaging 15.7 points and 31.5% for a 2-13 team going into tonight's game with the Indiana Pacers. CSN MidAtlantic
Clipper guard Jamal Crawford said it was mentality, work eithic and talent that set Bryant apart. "To me, heís the best player Iíve ever played against," Crawford told the Register. "Heís the Michael Jordan of his era. I donít think weíll see another." OC Register
Bryant went straight from high school in suburban Philadelphia to the Lakers in 1996, and he earned five championship rings and 17 All-Star selections during two decades with the franchise ó the longest tenure with one team in NBA history. Bryant also won two Olympic gold medals. But Bryant's last three seasons have ended early due to injuries, and he played in only 41 games over the previous two years. He has struggled mightily in the first 15 games of this season with mostly young teammates on a rebuilding roster, making a career-worst 32 percent of his shots and dealing with pain and exhaustion every day. AP
The Sixers again made some dubious history in Sunday nightís 92-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. In addition to extending the longest losing streak in the history of major league North American sports to 28 games, the Sixers also tied the NBA record for longest losing streak to open a season, tying the 2010-11 New Jersey Netsí mark of 18 in a row. The Sixers also lost for the fifth straight game in which they led midway through the fourth quarter. CSN Philly
After Stan Van Gundy called him out following Friday's loss in Oklahoma City, Drummond bounced back nicely with a 20-point, 18-rebound game, his 15th double-double of the season. But his 2-for-11 shooting at the free-throw line proved costly down the stretch, as Brooklyn outscored the Pistons 6-2 in the final minute and a half. Michigan Live
Flight. Game. Flight back home. Flight. Game. Flight back home. Flight. Game. Flight back home. That's how it's been so far for the Thunder this season ó a strange scheduling quirk that hasn't sent OKC on a multiple-game road trip through the first month. This week, that finally changes, with the Thunder heading southeast for a Monday night game in Atlanta and a Thursday night game in Miami. OKC, surprisingly, doesn't have a three-plus game road trip until early January. Oklahoman
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