WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites his retirement letter ‘Dear Basketball’

Here’s an oldie but a goodie.

Back in September, legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant teamed up with legendary composer and conductor John Williams to perform his poem ‘Dear Basketball’. Bryant wrote the poem in the Player’s Tribune back in 2015 to announce his retirement from Basketball.

Since then Bryant has expanded his range and has been part of several creative projects. He contacted Williams to speak with him about the creative process behind the music of Harry Potter which his daughters love.

With an opportunity to work with Williams, Bryant jumped at the chance. In a concert conducted by Williams with the LA Philharmonic, Bryant recited his poem as Williams scored his narration while an animated short played in the background.

Since it was the two-year anniversary of ‘Dear Basketball’ yesterday (November 29 US Time), it’s a good time to share a video of the performance.

The heartfelt recitation, the inspiring music and the hand drawn images of Bryant as a child is enough to make a grown man cry.

Photo from the Southern California News Group

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