Dear Kobe Bryant, I Hate You!

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Dear Kobe: A Letter From a Celtics Fan

by: Jonathan Jacobson

 

Read this awesome letter to Kobe by Celtics fan Jonathan Jacobsen. I LOVED READING EVERY BIT…

 

Dear Kobe Bryant,

I hate you.

Can you blame me? As a Celtics fan, I rooted against you for two decades. I rejoiced in your agony when my Celtics beat you in the 2008 Finals. Paul Pierce deserved it way more than you did. You already had three rings at the time. But three just wasn’t enough for you. You got your revenge and ultimately your fifth ring in 2010 while ripping my heart out in the process. I hope you still know how lucky you are that Kendrick Perkins was out for Game 7.

I read your letter in the Players’ Tribune today and was shocked. Not because you announced your retirement – we all already knew that. I was shocked because of the way your letter made me feel.

In my mind, I have always grouped you and Derek Jeter together. You are the players that we as Boston fans bitterly hate, but cannot help but respect. You played the game the right way – with passion, pride, and professionalism. You were true students of the game who pursued greatness by working harder than anybody. You became generational icons of your respective sports. You embraced every challenge. You gave it your all. You put your bodies on the line. You knew how to win. You respected your sport, your craft, and your rivalry with Boston.

December 30 marks the last time that you will play in Boston. This is also the last opportunity for us Celtics fans to cheer our team to victory against arguably the most dominant player in the storied history of the Celtics and Lakers. As you go, so goes what is left of the rivalry that once dominated the NBA. Perhaps someday it will be rekindled by new faces. Perhaps not.

So when you come to the Garden next month, I hope the crowd puts you through hell. I hope we heckle you and boo you more emphatically than we did in the championship bouts. I hope you miss every single free throw. I hope you never forget what it’s like to be surrounded by 17,000 screaming fans who bleed green and would give anything to watch you fail one last time. I hope we beat LA once again.

And when you get pulled from the lineup halfway through the fourth quarter when my Celtics are up by 20 points, I think something beautiful will happen. Every single person in the Garden will stop booing. We will rise to our feet and show respect in the form of the loudest, most passionate standing ovation you have ever witnessed. We will chant your name. We will wipe our eyes. We will say our bittersweet farewells.

They say you never truly know what you got ’til it’s gone. So before you go, I just want to say thank you for being far more than just a great basketball player. To an entire generation of NBA fans, you are basketball. I can’t believe I’m saying this… but I’m really going to miss you. Love (and hate) you always, A Celtics fan who didn’t appreciate you enough.

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7 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    Ahhhh… What a great poem comes from a Celtics fans..! As a Lakers fan I was the one of a million Lakers fans who was cried when your team beat the LA on 2008 Championship..! But now my tears fall again from my eyes because this is the Last Seasons of my Idol Kobe…! God Bless You man from Lakers fan.

  2. Rudy salais says:

    Them boston fans needs to remember andrew bynum was out in 2008 or laker would had a three peat

    • AB says:

      Celtics were probably a KG injury away from repeating in 2009. Started the season 27-2 (best starting record ever — until the Warriors break it this year, anyway). Took the Magic to 7 even without Garnett.

      It’s easy to play to injury hypotheticals, but injuries are a part of the game. You need to accept that.

      • chris says:

        the lakers ended two of your winning streaks in 2009. the lakers with bynum and ariza/mwp went 6-0 vs your celts in regular season games after losing in the finals because of our injurys.

        if healty we the lakers three peat

  3. Shawn says:

    Celtics fail to remember how lucky they were that Bynum missed not just one gMe but the entire 2008 finals and Trevor aria had just returned from an injury.

  4. James says:

    This is very classy letter from a true basketball fan !

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