It's been over a year since Kobe Bryant decided to retire from the NBA, and the former Los Angeles Lakers star recently reflected on his love for basketball when he recited his 'Dear Basketball' poem with the famed composer John Williams.
In the beautiful and epic video which you can see for yourself further down in this article, Black Mamba recites his 'Dear Basketball' poem, which describes his love for basketball, his push towards greatness, and when he knew it was time to say goodbye.
With Williams conducting the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and an animation of the poem played behind them, it made the whole occasion magical and left many people watching in the audience at the Hollywood Bowl tearful.
The Orange County Register‘s Todd Harmonson described how the performance came to be, saying: "He explained Friday that years ago he got a message that Bryant wanted to meet with him, but Williams said he barely had watched basketball on any level. Bryant, however, wanted to talk about the creative process, as well as his daughters’ love of Williams’ “Harry Potter” music.
"Williams said that much later, after Bryant retired with his 60-point farewell, Bryant reached out again to tell him that “Dear Basketball” had been animated and could use a little music."
Bryant's 'Dear Basketball' poem is touching itself, but the addition of Williams' music and the animation of the poem makes it even better as you can see from the video below.
Afterwards, on his social media accounts, Black Mamba reacted to the special occasion and described it as an 'epic honor' saying he was 'mind blown' by the whole experience.