Kobe announces he will retire after this season

Now watch him score surreal 81 points in 1 game back in 2006!

The 17-time NBA All-Star, five-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist and NBA MVP will walk away from the game as the second leading scorer in NBA history and one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.

The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last.

After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as the second-best in NBA history and more than 32,000 points, Bryant’s career is officially winding down.