Kobe Bryant announces retirement

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers against Indiana Pacers during the first half of the basketball at Staples Center November 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Basketball star Kobe Bryant has announced he will retire next year. The Los Angeles Lakers player - considered one of basketball's modern-day greats - will complete the 2015-16 season. He made the announcement through a poem entitled "Dear Basketball" published on the Player's Tribune website. The 37-year-old's career has spanned 20 years.

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