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  • Oh, say can you see

  • by the dawn's early light

  • What so proudly we hailed

  • at the twilight's last gleaming?

  • Maybe you just fell in love with my singing

  • I know what youre thinking

  • But NO!

  • Youre not going to hear the part where my voice cracks!

  • Oh, say does that star-spangled

  • banner yet wave

  • O'er the land of the free

  • and the home of the brave?

  • Never mind

  • I remember the last time

  • I sang the national anthem of the U.S.

  • was in the Lakersgame at the Staples Center

  • It is an American tradition

  • to perform the national anthem

  • before every professional sporting event

  • Because I lived in L.A. for many years

  • I have been a die-hard fan of the basketball team

  • L.A. Lakers

  • After hearing the recent news

  • about the Lakers' player Kobe Bryant

  • I felt sad

  • The 17-time All-Star

  • and MVP Kobe Bryant

  • mentioned his plan to retire in a poem

  • titledDear Basketball

  • on the PlayersTribune website on November 29

  • In the poem he said

  • he first fell in love with basketball

  • at the age of six

  • and that he has given his all to basketball

  • because it makes him feel alive

  • This season is all he has left to give

  • because his body knows it’s time to say goodbye

  • Oh I couldn’t help but shed tears

  • as I read through the letter

  • I can recall the countless days that my friends and I

  • watched the Lakers game at home

  • Remember that back-to-back championship game

  • back in 2010?

  • There were Kobe

  • Fisher

  • Gasol

  • Odom

  • pizza

  • chicken wings

  • and beer...

  • Well, you know

  • how can you watch game without

  • chicken wings and pizza?

  • Oh back to Kobe

  • Kobe is often considered the best player

  • after Michael Jordan

  • During his 20-year professional career

  • with the L.A. Lakers

  • he has had amazing achievements

  • Bryant turned pro directly out of high school in 1996

  • He was only 17 at that time!

  • He has won five championships with the L.A. Lakers

  • and averaged more than 25 points in his NBA games

  • So far

  • he has scored more than 32,822 points

  • and is ranked third on the NBA’s all-time scorers list

  • In 2005

  • he scored 81 points

  • against the Toronto Raptors

  • not even Michael Jordan achieved that feat

  • According to Kobe commenting on his retirement

  • It's not as easy as basketball

  • because I was born to play basketball

  • and had to really work to figure out what comes next

  • In the future

  • Bryant will devote more time to nurturing his business interests

  • Although the news about Kobe’s retirement

  • is heart-breaking to many of his fans

  • including me

  • I understand why and completely respect his decision

  • I thank him from the bottom of my heart

  • for all the great emotions he has given me

  • and he will always have a special place in my heart

  • Let’s talk about some vocabulary words

  • voice crack is the unintentional voice break

  • It happens when the singer is trying to make transitions

  • between different vocal registers

  • Especially when someone sings higher notes

  • and can’t really do it

  • A multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles

  • It is home to four sports teams

  • including Los Angeles Lakers

  • Los Angeles Clippers

  • Los Angeles Sparks

  • and Los Angeles Kings

  • The arena also hosts other major indoor events

  • like musical performances

  • award shows

  • and even school graduations

  • NBA stands for

  • It is the men’s professional basketball league

  • founded in 1946

  • Currently , there are 30 NBA teams

  • All-Star refers to the NBA All-Star Game

  • as well as the players for the NBA All-Star game

  • It is an exhibition game

  • for which NBA players are selected by fans nationwide

  • regardless of which team the players are on

  • MVP stands for the Most Valuable Player award

  • It is given to the best performing player

  • That’s it for today

  • If you have any questions

  • feel free to leave comments below

  • See you next time! Bye bye!

Oh, say can you see

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2015 NBA湖人隊傳奇球星Kobe Bryant退休宣言 (Kobe to retire at end of season) 補教小天后 郭茵英文新聞 Annie's English News

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    David Huang posted on 2016/01/15
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