(The Black Mamba)
All of my life I have been a big Los Angeles Laker’s Fan;
I’ve cheered the team on for years, but Kobe was the man.
To hear of him passing really touched my soul;
Deep down in my heart I bleed pure Purple and Gold.
He was more than just a great athlete, to me ‘tis true;
He was like a part of my family, and I watched as he grew.
He came straight from high school to play in the NBA
He was a fierce competitor and let nothing stand in his way.
He was a five-time champion, a Laker’s legend for sure;
His work ethic and talent helped him to endure.
Kobe was so much more than a basketball player, my friend;
He was a husband and a father right until the very end.
I am proud of the man that he became through the years;
He persevered through injuries, scandal, and so many tears.
Kobe “Bean” Bryant never gave up, hard work was not a formality;
Practicing long hours to be the best that he could be was Mamba’s mentality.
So gifted and blessed he never quit but gave it his all,
Let us remember him for more than just playing basketball.
Did you know Kobe won an Oscar? Yes he did, and that is not the end of his story;
I am sure he is challenging great basketball players now in glory.
He was an intelligent man, spoke many languages, and knew how to succeed;
He was also mortal and left us; he was a hall of famer in deed.
He admired Michael Jordan, and wanted to be the very best;
Well Kobe, you succeeded my bother so now you can rest.
Your departure left the whole world hurting, this is without a doubt;
I imagine as I close this poem, I can hear you say, “Mamba Out.”
Fessor D. McCoy