The Similarities You May Have Missed Between Kobe Bryant & Michael Jordan’s Retirement Announcements

While Kobe Bryant has officially begun his long ride into the sunset toward retirement with a poem released on The Players Tribune, many might be surprised that his connection to Michael Jordan – a comparison that has followed him since he came into the league when he was 17-years-old – will also continue thanks to the way he chose to announce the news.

On April 20, 2003, Nike took out a full-page ad in several Sunday newspapers across the country with a letter from Michael Jordan which served as his final goodbye.

One can’t help but notice several similarities between the two.

Kobe Bryant’s opening:

Dear Basketball,
From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:
I fell in love with you.

Michael Jordan’s opening:

Dear Basketball,
It’s been almost 28 years since the first day we met. 28 years since I saw you in the back of our garage. 28 years since my parents introduced us.

If someone would have told me then, what would become of us, I’m not sure I would have believed them. I barely remembered your name.

Kobe Bryant’s intimate description of the sport:

I’m ready to let you go. I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.

The good and the bad.

We have given each other

All that we have.

Michael Jordan’s intimate description of the sport:

I know I’m not the only one who loves you. I know you have loved many before me and will love many after me. But, I also know what we had was unique. It was special. So as our relationship changes yet again, as all relationships do, one thing is for sure. I love you, Basketball. I love everything about you and I always will. My playing days in the NBA are definitely over, but our relationship will never end.

Kobe Bryant on hardwork:

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

Michael Jordan on hardwork: 

So I practiced. I hustled. I worked on my game. Passing. Dribbling. Shooting. Thinking. I ran. I did sit-ups. I did push-ups. I did pull-ups. I lifted weights. I studied you. I began to fall in love and you noticed.

The Whole Letter:

Dear Basketball,

It’s been almost 28 years since the first day we met. 28 years since I saw you in the back of our garage. 28 years since my parents introduced us.

If someone would have told me then, what would become of us, I’m not sure I would have believed them. I barely remembered your name.

Then I started seeing you around the neighborhood and watching you on television. I used to see you with guys down at the playground. But when my older brother started paying more attention to you, I started to wonder. Maybe you were different.

We hung out a few times. The more I got to know you, the more I liked you. And as life would have it, when I finally got really interested in you, when I was finally ready to get serious, you left me off the varsity. You told me I wasn’t good enough.

I was crushed. I was hurt. I think I even cried.

Then I wanted you more than ever. So I practiced. I hustled. I worked on my game. Passing. Dribbling. Shooting. Thinking. I ran. I did sit-ups. I did push-ups. I did pull-ups. I lifted weights. I studied you. I began to fall in love and you noticed. At least that’s what Coach Smith said.

At the time, I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on. But now I know. Coach Smith was teaching me how to love you, how to listen to you, how to understand you, how to respect you and how to appreciate you. Then it happened. That night, at the Louisiana Superdome in the final seconds of the championship game against Georgetown, you found me in the corner and we danced.

Since then, you’ve become much more than just a ball to me. You’ve become more than just a court. More than just a hoop. More than just a pair of sneakers. More than just a game.

In some respects, you’ve become my life. My passion. My motivation. My inspiration.

You’ve my biggest fan and my harshest critic. You’re my dearest friend and my strongest ally. You’re my most challenging teacher and my most endearing student. You’re my ultimate teammate and my toughest competitor. You’re my passport around the world and my visa into the hearts of millions.

So much has changed since the first day we met, and to a large degree, I have you to thank. So if you haven’t heard me say it before, let me say it now for the world to hear. Thank you. Thank you, Basketball. Thank you for everything.

Thank you for all the players who came before me. Thank you for all the players who went into battle with me. Thank you for the championships and the rings. Thank you for the All-Star Games and the Playoffs. Thank you for the last shots, the buzzer-beaters, the hard fouls, the victories and the defeats. Thank you for making me earn my keep. Thank you for #23. Thank you for North Carolina and Chicago. Thank you for the air and the nickname. Thank you for the moves and the hang time. Thank you for the Slam-Dunk Contest. Thank you for the will and the determination, the heart and the soul, the pride and the courage. Thank you for the competitive spirits and the competition to challenge it. Thank you for the failures and the setbacks, the blessings and the applause. Thank you for the triangle. Thank you for baseball and the Barons. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for the assistant coaches, the trainers, and the physical therapists. Thank you for the announcers, the refs, the writers, the reporters, the broadcasters and the radio stations. Thank you for the Pistons and the Lakers, the Cavs and the Knicks, the Sixers and the Celtics. Thank you for Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Utah. Thank you for the Wizards. Thank you for the believers and the doubters. Thank you for Coach Smith, Coach Loughery, Coach Albeck, Coach Collins and Coach Jackson. Thank you for the education and the experience. Thank you for teaching me the game behind, beneath, within, above and around the game…the game game. Thank you for every fan who has ever called my name, put their hands together for me and my teammates, slapped me five or patted me on the back. Thank you for everything you’ve given my family. Thank you for the moon and the stars, and last but not least, thank you for Bugs and Mars.

I know I’m not the only one who loves you. I know you have loved many before me and will love many after me. But, I also know what we had was unique. It was special. So as our relationship changes yet again, as all relationships do, one thing is for sure.

I love you, Basketball. I love everything about you and I always will. My playing days in the NBA are definitely over, but our relationship will never end.

Stussy Get Cozy This Winter With Crescent Down Works

Vests represent the perfect amalgamation of comfort and practicality: their sleeveless design isn’t constraining like a heavy winter jacket, but at the same time they still protect all your vital organs from freezing over.

Stussy goes a step further in this comfort-practicality matrix with the latest addition to its seasonal collection: a cozy winter vest produced by Seattle’s Crescent Down Works.

Durable, warm and stuffed with a 100% goose down filling, the piece has all the utilitarian qualities you need from your winter wear, while the reversible design that’s ripstop camo on one side and black nylon in two different finishes on the other refuses to compromise on style.

The Stussy x Crescent Down Works Vest is available from the Stussy webstore for $375.

Cartier Unveils New “Ronde Croisière” Watch Line

French watch and jewelry maker Cartier launches a new line of timepieces: the “Ronde Croisière” range.

The name of the line is a French term associated with sophisticated, aristocratic aquatic activities such as boating or cruising. Decorated with Roman Numerals, the watch features a carbon-coated bezel, is water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters and comes in three elegant colorways.

Retailing at $5,300, the Cartier Ronde Croisière is now available from the Cartier web store.

Artist JR Joins Forces With Darren Aronofsky For ‘The Standing March’ in Paris

As the UN’s COP21 climate negotiation kicked off yesterday, French artist JR and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky joined forces on a large-scale video projection, titled The Standing March. The collaborative project seeks to remind leaders that the world is watching as the deal gets underway – with the summit’s aim to keep global warming below two degrees.

With over 25,000 officials gathering for the conference, the rotating artwork showcases over 500 people from various backgrounds with a composed soundtrack by Massive Attack. Representing humanity, the piece pushes the focus on the belief that the conference will end with an agreement for better change.

LIVE NOW ! I am revealing the collaboration I have done with filmmaker @DarrenAronofsky. The Standing March, a major public artwork to be exhibited in Paris during the UN’s COP 21 climate conference. The video projection will remind leaders that the world is watching as they gather to negotiate a deal aimed at keeping global warming below 2°C. It is right now being projected on the Assemblée Nationale until 4am and tomorrow Monday night from 8pm until 2 am. For security reasons, marches are forbidden in Paris. But our art piece is a silent march. And we are marching, backed by the Assemblée Nationale, the heart of the French democracy. We must think about our future, the future of our environment and this is our answer to those who want to control our present. #TheStandingMarch Website ThestandingMarch.com (link in bio) Musique by 3D from Massive Attack

A video posted by JR (@jr) on Nov 29, 2015 at 10:34am PST

Projecting on the Assemblée Nationale, the artwork was unveiled yesterday and is set to travel throughout Paris from December 1 until December 7 at locations to be revealed on the artist’s social media account.

LIVE NOW ! I am revealing the collaboration I have done with filmmaker @DarrenAronofsky. The Standing March, a major public artwork to be exhibited in Paris during the UN’s COP 21 climate conference. The video projection will remind leaders that the world is watching as they gather to negotiate a deal aimed at keeping global warming below 2°C. It is right now being projected on the Assemblée Nationale until 4am and tomorrow Monday night from 8pm until 2 am. For security reasons, marches are forbidden in Paris. But our art piece is a silent march. And we are marching, backed by the Assemblée Nationale, the heart of the French democracy. We must think about our future, the future of our environment and this is our answer to those who want to control our present. #TheStandingMarch Website ThestandingMarch.com (link in bio) Musique by 3D from Massive Attack

A video posted by JR (@jr) on Nov 29, 2015 at 10:34am PST

The Weeknd Links With PINTRILL for Limited Edition “Madness” Pin

Ever-popular pin providers PINTRILL have joined forces with The Weeknd to release a special accessory coinciding with his current Beauty Behind the Madness tour. The delivery is a black and grey rendering of the R&B crooner. Previously, the pin has only been available at tour stops, but you can now purchase the Abel-specific accessory online for a limited time.

These are the Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

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Clockwise from bottom left: Tigger, Kanga, Edward Bear (a.k.a Winnie-the-Pooh), Eeyore, and Piglet. Roo was also one of the original toys but he was lost a long time ago. Owl and Rabbit were not based on toys. Gopher was made up for the Disney version [source]

 

On display at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street) you will find the original stuffed animals that inspired the famous children’s character Winnie-the-Pooh, which was created by author A. A. Milne and illustrator E. H. Shepard.

The NYPL explains:

“Long before Walt Disney turned Pooh and his pals into movie stars, Christopher Robin Milne, a very real little boy living in England, received a small stuffed bear on his first birthday. He named him Edward Bear (later renamed Winnie-the-Pooh). Following Edward came the rest of the stuffed animals, which Christopher loved and played with throughout his childhood.
 
One day, Christopher’s father, A. A. Milne, and an artist named Ernest H. Shepard, decided that these animals, and two other imaginary friends, Owl and Rabbit, would make fine characters in a bedtime story. From that day on, Pooh and his friends have had many fanciful adventures, from Piglet’s encounter with a Heffalump to Eeyore’s loss of his tail. These stories have been embraced by millions of children and adult readers for nearly 100 years. [source]

 

Sources

Photograph by Spictacular on Wikimedia Commons
NYPL: The Adventures of the REAL Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: Winnie-the-Pooh
Wikipedia: A. A. Milne

 

The Perfect Christmas Gift For Retro-Futurists: Ripley’s Watch From "Aliens"

The Seiko Giugiaro is being re-released, and it’s still blocky and beautiful.

James Cameron’s Aliens takes place in the year 2179, but the watch Xenomorph-slaying heroine Ellen Ripley wears in it is surprisingly retro: the Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000. Designed by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in the early 1980s, the chunky timepiece is rare enough that a working model can go for as much as a $1,000 on eBay. Now Seiko is re-releasing its retro-futuristic timepiece, just in time for Aliens’ 30th anniversary next year.

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Picture of the Day: Rare Hole Punch Cloud Spotted in Australia

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A rare ‘hole punch cloud’, also known as a Fallstreak hole, was spotted last November over the town of Korumburra, a small town in Victoria, Australia’s Gippsland region.

The rare cloud phenomenon occurs when part of a cloud’s water droplets freeze into ice crystals and fall below the cloud layer. ABC News audience members (including the one above by Peter Fell) submitted a gallery of amazing photos of the cloud which you can see here.

 

 

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