Kobe Bryant, Farewell letter "When We First Met”. Kobe Bryant announced his retirement on November 29,2015, later that night when Lakers fans arrived to their seats at Staples Center for the game against the Indiana Pacers, Kobe left a letter for them. Titled, "When We First Met I Was Just a Kid" a 14 line, heartfelt letter. Here is a print of that letter signed by Kobe Bryant, full name, and custom framed. The letter measures 8”x 10". Spectacular and heartwarming must have!