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    2015-09-12
    Argentina 71
    Venezuela 76
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    BRONCE
    2015-09-12
    Mexico 86
    Canada 87
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    2015-09-11
    Argentina 78
    Mexico 70
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    SEMIFINAL
    2015-09-11
    Canada 78
    Venezuela 79
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Mexico 95
    Argentina 83
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Uruguay 69
    Puerto Rico 80
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    2015-09-09
    Dominicana 103
    Canada 120
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    Ronda 2
    2015-09-09
    Panama 62
    Venezuela 75
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Mexico 73
    Canada 94
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Panama 71
    Puerto Rico 78
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Venezuela 75
    Uruguay 77
  • Finalizado
    Ronda 2
    2015-09-08
    Argentina 92
    Dominicana 84

Black Mamba says goodbye


The day came but nobody wanted to come: Kobe Bryant announced he will retire at the end of this season. The 37-year-old guard confirmed his departure from the fields through an open letter published in "The Players Tribune" a place where athletes can express themselves freely.

Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1997, with only 18 years old. From Lower Merion High School, he was selected in the 13th and immediately was sent to the Lakers, a team which was a fan since childhood.

The Black Mamba ends a 20-year career in which he averaged 25.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 3 turnovers. He reached five NBA championship rings (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010), he was chosen MVP of the final twice (2009 and 2010) and MVP of the regular season in 2008, he played 17 All Star Games, and also he's the leading scorer in Lakers history and holds the record for most three-pointers made in a game (12). With Team USA Kobe won two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) and won first place in the FIBA ??Americas tournament in Las Vegas in 2007.

Bryant is not having a brilliant present; the weak performance of the Lakers (2-14 this season) and the drag from injuries generate this through its worst moments since joining the league.

Here the letter says goodbye to basketball Kobe.

Dear Basketball,

From the moment / I started rolling my dadís tube socks / And shooting imaginary / Game-winning shots / In the Great Western Forum / I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all ó From my mind & body / To my spirit & soul. / As a six-year-old boy / Deeply in love with you / I never saw the end of the tunnel. I only saw myself / Running out of one.

And so I ran. I ran up and down every court / After every loose ball for you. You asked for my hustle / I gave you my heart / Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt / Not because challenge called me / But because YOU called me. / I did everything for YOU / Because thatís what you do / When someone makes you feel as / Alive as you've made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream / And Iíll always love you for it. / But I canít love you obsessively for much longer. This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding / My mind can handle the grind / But my body knows itís time to say goodbye.

And thatís OK. / Iím ready to let you go. / I want you to know now / So we both can savor every moment we have left together. / The good and the bad. / We have given each other / All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next / Iíll always be that kid / With the rolled up socks / Garbage can in the corner / :05 seconds on the clock / Ball in my hands.

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Love you always,
Kobe

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