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Thank you for everything Kobe. Thank you.

Kobe Bryant

There once was a time that I thought I was a Los Angeles Lakers fan. It turns out I was a Kobe Bryant fan. When he got hurt and missed time, I sat down and tried watching those games and found myself not caring. It was not because they were bad, it was because Kobe was not playing.

Nobody of his era played with as much passion and soul as Kobe. Over his 20-year-career, he has given absolutely everything to the game of basketball. And while it’s been a bad stretch these past few years for the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s impossible to think of too many better ways for Kobe to go out than with a 60 point effort while leading his team to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Nobody expected that out of the diminished star. But for one night again he was the Mamba who captivated audiences for 20 years since he came into the NBA straight from high school.

His five championship rings, his two NBA Finals MVPs, his 2008 Most Valuable Player award, 18 All-Star selections, 15 All-NBA selections, 12 All-defensive Team selections, his two scoring titles and NBA Slam Dunk Contest title are all great titles and achievements; but you don’t need to see those to see how great he is. Very few players play like him. His desire and determination made him impossible to stop.

Kobe might have had his off the court dealings with the law, or scuffles with his teammates or coaches, but the guy wanted to win above all else and that competitiveness elevated his game to a new level.

When he was at his very best, there was no denying that he was the greatest player in the league. When he was at his very best, there was no denying that he was one of the all-time greatest players in the history of the NBA. When you add in all of his awards and accomplishments, Kobe is cemented in history as one of the best to ever play.

In a post-Michael Jordan era of the NBA, fans did not miss getting to watch an ultra-competitive champion who could will his team to a victory.

And it is for that desire and love of that game that we say thank you to Kobe Bryant. He has nothing left to give the game and played the game in the absolute best way.

Thank for the years of viewing pleasure you have provided. Kobe. Thank you.

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Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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