The remaining Los Angeles Lakers players wrote their own poem in response to Kobe Bryant’s poem, in which he announced his retirement.
From the moment
After you had no interest in meeting us
or trying to recruit talent
We knew one thing was real:
You need to go. Immediately.
Nothing against your legacy
Nothing against you as a person
You just make it so that we can’t win basketball games
Therefore our jobs are meaningless.
We were six year olds too
Dreaming of winning basketball games
Not being part of a better-paid Washington Generals.
We’ve played through your airballs and turnovers
We’ve passed you the ball knowing you’d miss
Not because we wanted to
But because YOU kept shouting for the ball
Barking “I got it! I’m Kobe Bryant!”
We did that for YOU
Also because if we didn’t, we might get fired.
You made us all want to play basketball
and we will always love you for that
But, Christ, you said yourself that you aren’t a good basketball player
Our fans can take another bad season
The franchise will continue to make money
But OUR CAREERS are dependent on having good stats, particularly
+/- ratings, and you chucking shots, not passing the ball, and blowing
games makes it impossible for us to negotiate future contracts.
And that’s NOT OK
You need to let go.
And some of us wont have jobs after this season.
And we both know, no matter what we say
And take 20 minutes waving to the crowd after shooting 3-45
Or, God forbid, being on the court during crunch time
Ball in your hands
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Stop the bleeding,
The Rest Of The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers