Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement From NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers superstar says this season will be his last playing for the professional basketball league.
2:42 | 11/30/15

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Now to the other big news in the world of sports. Basketball superstar kobe Bryant announcing his retirement last night. Saying this season, his 20th in the NBA, will be his last. Jesse is here with that. Good morning, Jesse. Good morning. Kobe's Numbers on the court are staggering. One of the greatest players of all time. Leading the Lakers to five NBA titles. As we know in sports, all good things must come to an end. Three on its way. Got it! Reporter: A nail-biting finish. And the end on an era. He has to smile on that one. Reporter: NBA legend kobe Bryant, announcing hours before tip-off Sunday night, this season will be his last. Posting this poetic fare well to the game. Dear basketball, he writes. 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 good-bye. I honestly feel good about it. I feel at peace with it. And, you know, excited for what's to come. Reporter: The Philadelphia native dominating the sport for two decades. Though he's 18. He'll be a key guy for the Lakers. Reporter: Entering the NBA from high school. And playing for the Lakers for a record 20 years. His entire career. Overfor two. Reporter: His list of superlatives, unmatched. A 17-time all-star. Two olympic gold medals. Scoring more points than the great Michael Jordan himself. Fans in attendance Sunday night each receiving a letter from the basketball great. Reading, my love for this sfi, this team, and for each of you, will never fade. Though his game is not what it used to be. Way short. Reporter: He'll forever been known -- Kobe Bryant has hit a shot at the buzzer! Reporter: As one of the greatest players of all time. A lot of celebs aknowledging the great. Justin Timberlake. One of the true kicks of the game. You are one of the greatest to ever do it, my friend. Guys? To stay in one place. Amazing. That just doesn't happen. 20 years. That's what he wanted to be. A laker. And he sure was. The Numbers he put up. The passion. The poem he wrote. It was beautiful. And he's not even 40. No, 37. 37. He's got -- you're not old, kobe. Maybe basketball terms. You're going to see him tomorrow. I am. I'm going to Philadelphia tomorrow. Sit down with him before his game. That's where he played high school ball. First became a legend. Left right from high school to the L.A. Lakers. We'll get to see it Wednesday morning. Let's get more on the ice

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