It’s one of the last chances to see Kobe Bryant face LeBron James on the court, as the Los Angeles Lakers play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 10. Kobe’s retiring after this NBA season and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see him take on King James one more time. Click to watch.
It’s time for the city of Cleveland to say farewell to and NBA great. Kobe Bryant, 37 and the Los Angeles Lakers are rolling into town to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James, 31, and the rest of the Cavs will make sure to give the retiring Kobe the proper send-off he deserves.
The Lakes will trade sunny California for chilly Ohio, as Los Angeles will meet the Cavs at The Q arena on Feb. 10. It will be the last game that Kobe will play in Cleveland as an active player, so basketball fans definitely want to tune in to see this. The action kicks off at 8:00 P.M. EST so be ready to see every thrilling second.
The last time the Lakes played the Cavs, Kobe hit a career-high 17 assists, despite the 120-105 loss, according to NBA.com. Kobe has a special connection to Cleveland, as he was just 18-years-old when he won the 1998 Slam Dunk Contest with a between-the-legs throwdown. The sick dunk scored 49 out of 50 points. Hopefully, Kobe’s final moment in Sixth City will be just as epic.
After a pair of losses to the Charlotte Hornets and the Boston Celtics, the Cavs have rebounded to win against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. The Cavs want to keep the streak alive before the NBA All-Star Game and boost their chances to make the NBA Playoffs. At 11-43, the Lakes are out of playoff contention, so they’re playing for pride.
King James is looking forward to meeting Kobe on the court again. “Anytime I even watch his games, even when I’m not playing him, it’s always, like, very emotional just knowing it’s his last hurrah,” LeBron told reporters following the Cavs victory over the Kings, reports ESPN. “So it’s going to be really cool to see him…for sure, and hopefully — I know our fans — they’re going to give him a great reception, well-deserved.”
Lakers coach Bryon Scott, 54, used to coach the Cavs, according to SB Nation, so hopefully he can help his new team secure the victory over his former squad. Plus, rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell, 19, might ensure Kobe’s last game in Cleveland goes out on a high note. There’s only one way to find out.
Who do you want to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Are you cheering on Kobe or rooting for LeBron?