To the surprise of few, NBA great Kobe Bryant wrote a basketball poem about retiring that’s now to be found resembling Michael Jordan’s.

By Robby Sabo

Unless you just landed on planet Earth within the past couple hours you’ve already heard the news of the day.

Los Angeles Lakers and NBA great Kobe Bryant has announced he will be retiring at season’s end, via The Players’ Tribune.

He announced it in an original, beautiful, well-thought out way. He did it through a basketball poem.

Or at least we initially thought it was original.

Check out this piece done by Larry Brown of Larry Brown Sports. He compares Kobe’s retirement poem to one done by Michael Jordan back in 2003 and printed in the Washington Post, New York Times and L.A. Times (after he retired from the Washington Wizards).

Dear basketball, it’s been 28 years since I saw you in the back of our garage. 28 years since our parents introduced us.”

Dear Basketball,
From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks

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


So I practiced. I hustled. I worked on my game. Passing. Dribbling. Shooting. Thinking.
I ran. I did sit-ups. I did push-ups. I did pull-ups. I lifted weights. I studied you.
I began to fall in love and you noticed.

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 love you, Basketball. I love everything about you and I always will.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.

The two poems are so eerily similar that it makes you think Scottie Pippen was dead on a few years back when he claimed Kobe models literally everything after MJ.

Quite honestly, it’s a little sickening. The guy plays like Mike, moves like Mike, shoots like Mike, walks like Mike, talks like Mike, and has even stuck his tongue out like Mike.

For further evidence just head to YouTube and look for the many videos comparing the similar movements between the two on the court. Click here for one stunning example.

H/T Larry Brown Sports

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]