'Ball So Hard' and Other Poems by Kobe Bryant

Driving an alternate lane in a parallel universe.

Long before Kobe Bryant let the general public know that he was retiring from the NBA to become a professional poet, he was writing haikus in a diary. In the not-so-sappy press conference where he announced he was leaving ball, Bryant said that once the inspiration for a farewell poem hit him, it took only a matter of minutes to write. 

That's talent. 

We traded a handful of LA Confidential to an inside source for a few as-of-yet unpublished Bryant gems that were apparently inspired by his career highlights.

On Scoring 81 points in a single game:

On winning his first title:

On a three-peat championship win:

On beating Michael Jordan's passing record:

On retiring: