Kobe Bryant writes letter to Los Angeles, Lakers fans about retiring

Through a poem on The Players' Tribune, Kobe Bryant announced that he will retire at the end of the season. But that wasn't the only writing Bryant did about his upcoming retirement. Bryant also wrote a thank you letter to the city of Los Angeles and to Lakers fans. 

Here's what the letter says:

"When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me in. Some of you didn't. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today. You gave me confidence to put my anger to good use. Your doubt gave me determination to prove you wrong. You witnessed my fears morph into strength. Your rejection taught me courage.

"Whether you view me as a hero or a villain, please know I poured every emotion, every bit of passion and my entire self into being a Laker. What've you done for me is far greater than anything I've done for you. I knew that each minute of each game that I wore purple and gold. I honor it as I play today and for the rest of this season. My love for this city, this team, and for each of you will never fade. Thank you for this incredible journey."

A truly touching letter by Bryant who will retire after playing 20 seasons with the Lakers. Fans will no doubt honor him through the rest of the 2015-2016 season and his final home game at Staples Center against the Utah Jazz on April 13 should be quite memorable.

Kobe Bryant loves LA and Lakers fans.
Kobe Bryant loves LA and Lakers fans. (USATSI)
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