Former NBA star Magic Johnson penned a letter to Los Angeles Lakers small forward Kobe Bryant ahead of his final game in the league on Wednesday night.
“For 20 years, I’ve watched you dominate the game of basketball. From the Great Western Forum to the world famous Staples Center, you have dedicated your life to becoming one of the greatest players this game has ever seen,” Johnson wrote on his website. “Through your commitment to success, outstanding work ethic, and winning attitude, each year you perfected your abilities beyond expectation.”
Johnson went on to describe how Bryant’s name will forever be etched in NBA history as a five-time NBA champion, an 18-time NBA All-Star, a two-time Finals MVP and the 2007–08 NBA MVP.
“Very few people have changed the game of basketball but you will be recognized as one of them alongside my “Dream Team” teammates, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan,” Johnson added. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of your career. Thanks for all the fantastic memories. There will never be another Kobe Bryant!”
The final game of Bryant’s 20-year NBA career is set to start at 10:30 p.m. ET against the Utah Jazz.