For a Generation, Kobe Was ‘Our Michael Jordan’ | 

Shaun Powell writing for

Kobe Bryant is now 37 and ready for retirement, and plenty has been said about Kobe in the two decades in between. He even summed up his profile in a pre-packaged, marketable two-word assessment: “Hero/Villain.” Feel free to choose your side, or accept both. What is undeniable, though, is how he elevated himself a notch above the many great players in this aspect: Only a select handful managed to cast a spell over an entire generation.

I won’t miss the arrogance and selfishness. I will miss those moments where he did the impossible, close a game like no one else could. An era in basketball has ended.