Kobe Bryant’s final game on April 13 will leave basketball fans weeping over the end of his amazing career. One person who won’t be crying is Kobe himself, as HollywoodLife.com has the SCOOP why he doesn’t want to break down while saying good-bye!
Good-bye, Kobe Bryant, 37, and thank you for all the memories! The Los Angeles Lakers superstar will play his final game against the Utah Jazz. While this game is going to leave basketball fans feeling misty-eyed, HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned that Kobe’s going to keep his tears in check!
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“Kobe is finally seeing the power and emotion that comes with his last game and he is really going to try not to cry,” a source EXCLUSIVELY tells HollywoodLife.com. When the buzzer sounds on the April 13 match against the Jazz and on his career, Kobe wants to go out with his head held high and his face dry. “He wants to leave it all on the court but leave the tears for closed doors.”
Kobe may not be going to the NBA finals this year, but the 5-time NBA champ wants to end his career with dignity. “As much as it is his last game and all his friends and legends will be in the building showing respect,” the source tells HollywoodLife.com, “he also has to control his brand and wants to leave the game on his own terms with no tears.”
There’s another reason why Kobe doesn’t want to break down with all the feels during this game, the source tells HollywoodLife.com, and it’s because of Michael Jordan, 53. Jordan and Kobe have clashed on the court numerous times, but the Internet has turned the NBA’s greatest player into a meme after Michael burst into tears during his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2009, per NPR. The last thing Kobe wants as he rides off into the sunset is to become a joke.
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Kobe managed to keep it together during the 65th NBA All-Star game on Feb. 14. The league paid tribute to Kobe with a touching video, and Kobe responded by saying “I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to play the game that I love, and be in the NBA for more than half my life.”
Will Kobe go out on top with a victory and will he be able to keep the waterworks off until he gets to the back? There’s only one way to find out, as the game kicks off at 10:30 P.M. ET. One thing’s for certain: one of the best is leaving the game for good!
Are you sad to see Kobe retire, HollywoodLifers? Will you cry during his final game?