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We traded a handful of LA Confidential to an inside source for a few as-of-yet unpublished Bryant gems that were apparently inspired by his career highlights.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


Crissy Van Meter is the managing editor at Nouvella Books and the founding editor of Five Quarterly. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Catapult, Guernica, Bustle, ESPN, The Hairpin, Golly, VIDA, and more. Her debut novel is forthcoming from Algonquin Books.
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