The NBA saw another one of its legends retire last season in Kobe Bryant.

Kobe’s career was filled with tons of epic moments and accomplishments, including his historic final game in which he dropped 60 points on the Utah Jazz.

Now that Kobe is officially retired from the league, he will have ample time to reflect on his 20-year career. In a recent letter to The Players’ Tribune, Bryant addressed his younger self and provided some advice about how to handle the changes that come with being drafted at 17 years old. Bryant’s main focus throughout the letter is to not let the riches of success hold back friends and family from growing and achieving their own dreams.

You will come to understand that you were taking care of them because it made YOU feel good, it made YOU happy to see them smiling and without a care in the world — and that was extremely selfish of you. While you were feeling satisfied with yourself, you were slowly eating away at their own dreams and ambitions. You were adding material things to their lives, but subtracting the most precious gifts of all: independence and growth.

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Kobe tells his younger self to instead use the success to help them grow, sending them to school and getting job interviews. He says that by starting early, all of the pain and anger of learning the lesson to late can be avoided.

Bryant had an amazing career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and the numerous ups and downs that he went through brought along wisdom that he can pass down to young stars entering and growing in the league today.

With Kobe Bryant no longer on the court showing off his basketball talents, fans can only hope he continues to make a strong presence off the court.

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