For being the Michael Jordan of a generation without one,
Thank You.

For never being afraid of being yourself; that ‘not-giving-a-damn’ attitude is what made you,
Thank You.

For being hilariously outspoken — “What am I supposed to do? Pass to Chris Mihm and Kwame Brown?”
Thank You.

For the arrogance, cockiness, and mindset to destroy everyone,
Thank You.

For your undying strive for excellence,
Thank You.

For showing the world a hyper-intense work ethic, unrivaled drive, and incredible willpower,
Thank You.

For having anĀ obsession with basketball that’s seldom seen with anything,
Thank You.

For 81, 65, 62, 61, 60 (2x), and, most importantly, five,
Thank You.

For timeless battles with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Steph Curry, and more,
Thank You.

For never letting scandals and setbacks derail your performance,
Thank You.

For leaving your mark as one of the greatest competitiors the sports world has ever seen,
Thank You.

For your heart, hustle, blood, sweat, and tears,
Thank You.

For Kobe, Vino, KB24, and Black Mamba,
Thank You.

For being an inspiration,
Thank You.

Thank you for you.