As Kobe Bryant retired from NBA after a career spanning two decades, he made sure to make his last game one that fans would remember for years.
The Black Mamba scored 60 points, giving the Los Angeles Lakers a comeback victory against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles.
The 37-year-old spent his entire career with the Lakers. He won five NBA titles and left the NBA as its third highest scorer.
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“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. This is crazy,” the former NBA MVP said in an emotional speech. “We’ve been through our ups, we’ve been through our downs, I think the most important part is that we all stayed together throughout. I grew up a die-hard, I mean, a die-hard Laker fan. Die hard. And I knew everything about every player that has ever played here so to be drafted, and to be traded to this organization and to spend 20 years here, I mean, you can’t write something better than this.”
Many other sports stars and celebrities, including David Beckham, Jack Nicholson, Kanye West and Jay-Z, attended Bryant’s last game to bid him a fond farewell.
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You can watch some of the best tributes in the video above.
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