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Kobe to Retire!

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It’s with mixed feelings that I read the great 5 time NBA champion’s poem announcing that he was walking away from the game that made him a household name. As a Kobe fan that watched him from draft day, to multiple champions, to the worst season of his long 20 year career it’s hard to see him leave. But after watching him diminish the last several years I have to say that it really is time to hang it up before he tarnishes his amazing legacy. Whether or not you like Kobe, as an athlete or person, you have to respect his relentless work ethic. Read his full poem below…

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and 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’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
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 it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,

Kobe

Source: The Players Tribute| Dear Basketball

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Sports, Uncategorized

 

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Jordan’s “I’m Back” Fax Set the World on Fire 20 Years Ago

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20 years ago Jordan made a huge media splash by just saying two words – “I’m back.” Even more important was how they were said…Via Fax. In our instantaneous world of Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook this looks and sounds prehistoric. This led the way for one of the most spectacular sports stories in recent history. After his return Jordan had to wear 45 for the next 22 games, as he decided to retire his number 23. But after Nick Anderson of the Orlando Magic stole the ball from Jordan (which ultimately lead to a Bulls lose) in Game 1 of the 1995 East Conference Final with 10 seconds left, Anderson told the press “Number 45 is not number 23,I couldn’t have done that to number 23.” Apparently Jordan agreed, and did his best Clark Kent/Superman impression when he removed his warm-ups just before the start of Game 2 to reveal “the 23.” MJ dropped 38 points that game and even though the Bulls lost the series MJ went on to average 31 ppg. 3 more titles later and the rest is well…history.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Sports

 

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GIF of the Day

GIF of the Day

Dez Bryant with a super catch over 2 people in the back of the endzone.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2013 in Sports

 

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The Brooklyn Nets Fire Avery Johnson

Nets Fire Coach Avery Johnson I find it interesting that the under-performing Nets have fire their coach, Avery Johnson, just one month after being named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. Of course former super PG DeRon Williams said he had nothing to do with the departure, but this is the same guy that voice his displeasure with Avery’s offense and somehow made the great Jerry Sloan retire from the Utah Jazz.

I think Avery Johnson (fellow New Orleanian and fellow St. Augustine Purple Knight) is a great coach and has been disrespected in the NBA, in Dallas he was named Coach of the Year and then the next year after a disappointing lost in the championship fire. See the comparisons with his departure in Brooklyn (coach of the month, then fired).

Sad enough, the Nets fans are ecstatic that Phil Jackson is in the mix as a possible candidate. Do you think the great Zen-master can come back to his beloved New York (sad that its not the Knicks) and lead them to the promised land as he did in Chicago and LA? Let me know what you think?

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Sports

 

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Additional Content

Here at the Man’s Closet we have kept it pretty keen on fashion and technology. But today I’m going to expand the blog to all things manly (or anyone who like’s what we do, THANKS ladies) and all things I like. With that I’ll we will expand to random sports rants. I love all things football and basketball, especially the Saints, the Lakers, and the Hornets. Although we will change don’t miss some of our excepting tech and men’s fashion tips and pieces.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2012 in Sports

 

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