Stars from sport and entertainment react to Kobe announcement

Given his struggles this season, it’s no surprise that Kobe Bryant has decided this will be his final year with the Los Angeles Lakers. Still, that doesn’t make Bryant’s pending retirement any less sad. A Hall of Fame-caliber career — and one played with just one team — is coming to an end. That’s never easy for anyone. And as word spread across the basketball community, NBA players past and present shared their thoughts on the legacy of a legend:

Fellow stars across sports and pop culture also added their congratulations:

But Metta World Peace had the best moment with the Black Mamba. Fans at Sunday night’s Lakers game received a letter from Bryant thanking them for their support, and World Peace had his copy autographed by Bryant: