24 Great Kobe Bryant Stories to Read on 8/24

Elwanda Tulloch

Yesterday would have been Kobe Bryant’s 42nd birthday, and today is August 24th, the date that combines his two iconic jersey numbers. Bryant is being honored in several ways, from Nike’s release of Kobe-related items all week to Los Angeles and Orange Counties officially naming this “Kobe Bryant Day.” Over the past 20 years, Bryant has inspired countless thoughts and feelings, and thousands of sentences, about greatness, drive, fame, loneliness, and pain. Here are 24 excellent pieces of journalism about Bryant, covering him from as many angles as he was willing to show, and some others he tried to hide.

1. Kobe Bryant doesn’t want your love by Mike Sager for Esquire (2007)

Everyone has their favorite Kobe, or at least the part of his career they first think about when they hear his name. For me, it’s Kobe wandering through the wilderness, right before the Los Angeles Lakers traded

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Badminton great Lin Dan retires after 2 Olympic golds and five World titles

Elwanda Tulloch

Lin Dan, arguably the greatest badminton player of the 21st century, has announced his retirement from the sport. Lin, who won two Olympic golds and five World titles, dominated men’s singles badminton for about a decade along with Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

“I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love,” Lin said in a post on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. “My family, coaches, teammates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments.”

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Lin had been eyeing a third Olympic gold in Tokyo, to accompany the golds he won in 2008 and 2012. “Now I’m 37 years old, and my physical fitness and pain no longer allow me to fight side by side with my teammates,” he said.

Lin was at his best in the big matches and was the kind of player who saved his best for the biggest moments. In an eight year period

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