When Kobe Bryant poem’s “Dear Basketball” was posted on The Players Tribune website, millions of his fans across the world became heartbroken because it was the confirmation of what they don’t want to think about yet. He is still expected to play next season due to the contract stating his 2-yr extension with the Los Angeles Lakers but decided it’s about time to hang his jersey. While everyone else has their mixed reactions about his poem, his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal appears oblivious about it.
O’Neal was the guest in Late Night With Seth Meyers last Monday, Dec. 7, according to Hollywood Reporter. Included in their sit-down interview is his perspective and opinion about the retirement news of the Black Mamba.
O’Neal said, “The problem with megastars, when you play at a high level for so long and then you come back down to normality, it doesn’t look right, it doesn’t feel right. You start to question yourself: Is it really time to do something else?”
O’Neal bowed out of his NBA career because of an injury. He added, “When you see Kobe Bryant with 12, 13 points, that’s not the Kobe we know, love and remember, So when he made the announcement, I wasn’t really surprised. He’s been doing it for so long: 20 years.”
Huffington Post reported that Rolling Stone claimed “Dear Basketball” was the first ever poem posted online that crashed a site. It became the talk of the town after it was published. What does O’Neal have to say with Bryant’s way of bidding farewell?
“No, he didn’t — he did?! Like, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue? A poem, seriously? You’re pulling my leg!”, this was his honest response.
Kobe Bryant’s remaining games in the NBA are well supported by his fans and some of them even traveled miles to watch him play. Needless to say, it will be difficult for them to see his one last game.
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