Kobe 寫下確定退休宣言「Dear Basketball」和給球迷的一封信(上)

Kobe Bryant 昨天對溜馬賽前在球員寫作網站 The Players' Tribune 寫下了一篇「Dear Basketball」,親筆確認了打完今年 15-16 球季就要退休的事實。儘管這賽季開始前就早有他即將退休的心理準備,然而在昨天看到手機跳出提示那一刻,還真的讓我思緒亂了一整天。

想想網路上也不差人翻譯,索性等心情整理完才來。與其說是翻譯,更不如說是為自己對 Kobe 的情感下一個註腳吧。

原文

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad's 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 —
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 that's 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 I'll always love you for it.
But I can't 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 it's time to say goodbye.

And that's OK.
I'm 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
I'll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

翻譯

親愛的籃球,

自那刻,
我捲起了老爸的長筒襪,
在夢想裡置身論壇球場,
投進了那顆致勝球,
我確信了有一事是真實的:

就是我愛上了你。

愛是如此的深邃,讓我願意奉獻一切,
從我的身心,到我的靈魂以及所思所緒。

做為一名六歲
深愛著你的的小男孩,
我從未看見這隧道的盡頭,
只看見自己一直朝著那個方向邁進。

所以我飛奔而去,
每次在場上我總是拚命追逐著,
那些不在所有人控制下的你。
你希望我努力,
而我給了你全部,
只因我明白你將回報我更多。

我挺過受傷和汗水,
並不是因為挑戰在那裡招喚我,
而是因為聽見你在那裡。

我為你盡了一切努力,
因為是你我才這麼做,
就像那些讓你活過來的人,你也讓我活了過來。

你給了一名六歲男孩關於湖人的美夢,
至今,我也將繼續沈醉在夢中,
但我不能在為你痴迷下去了,
這賽季是我僅剩所能獻給你的。
我的心能夠忍受打擊,
我的靈魂能夠被撕裂,
而我的身體卻明白說再見的時候已到了。

好吧!
我準備好讓你走了,
只是想讓你知道。
剩下那些彼此還能相處的片刻。
不論是些好的壞的,
都是我們相處的一部分,
也是我們所共有的。

而我們都明白,
接下來的旅途不論做些什麼,
我都仍將是那個捲著長筒襪,

站在垃圾桶静立于球場角落旁,
蓄勢待發的六歲小男孩。

倒數五秒,我緊握著球,
5、4、3、2、1......

一如既往愛你的,
Kobe

除了寫給籃球,Kobe 也對昨天所有進場的球迷們,分發了一封信,以表達感謝之意。這篇有點略長,就放到下一篇吧!

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