Retirement

The End of an Era

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

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The NBA is going to look very different next season, as two of its superstars are retiring–Kobe Bryant and as of Monday, Tim Duncan.

Bryant and Duncan have been around for what feels like forever. Their playoff clashes on the court during the early to mid-2000s seemed just like yesterday. The comparisons between the two can easily fuel a ‘who-is-better?’ conversation for hours.

Out of the last 18 championships, they amount for 10 of them–five for Kobe and another five for Duncan.

San Antonio was fortunate to have Duncan for 19 seasons. Los Angeles was blessed to have 20 years of Bryant–the only player to have spent more seasons with one team than Duncan.

Next season will have a different feel to it, with the Lakers losing its iconic face of the franchise for two decades and the Spurs saying farewell to the one player that has been a part of all five of their NBA championship teams.

Not only will the league and its fans miss seeing the two long-time stars suit up for their respective teams, but they also represent the end of an era. (more…)

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Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

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After a heartbreaking loss to Chile in the Copa America final on Sunday night, Argentina is left trying to recover and regroup.

It may have to move forward without one of the game’s greats, Lionel Messi, who announced his retirement from the international team on Monday.

The 29-year old soccer superstar is calling it quits on Team Argentina for now. If this is truly the end for him at the international level, he doesn’t owe Argentina anything more, nor should this year’s Copa America finals loss tarnish his legacy.

Some have already given him the title ‘greatest of all time,’ but others are holding off from doing so, pointing to his failures at the international level.

Well, it’s not completely his fault that Argentina has not won a major international tournament under his watch, since there are 10 other players on the field. However, most of the blame and attention gets placed on Argentina’s soccer messiah. Time and time again, pundits allude to the Albiceleste’s shortcomings in global play. When these losses occur, Messi is at the forefront of the blame.
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