Kobe Bryant’s last game on April 13 was absolutely phenomenal! The Los Angeles Lakers star proved why he’s one of the greatest of all time. If you missed this historic moment, click to see all the incredible highlights!
Now, that’s how you make an exit. Kobe Bryant, 37, hung up his jersey for good after twenty years in the NBA and his jaw-dropping final performance left fans wiping away tears. The Los Angeles Lakers legend had a brilliant last game and here’s a look at all that went down.
60 points. That’s how many Kobe scored — by himself — during the April 13 match against the Utah Jazz. It’s the most anyone has scored in a single game throughout the entire 2015-16 season, according to Deadspin, and it’s the most any NBA player scored during their retirement game. Needless to say, the player called Black Mamba went out on top, as the Lakes easily won the game, 101-96.
Before Kobe’s grand performance, his fellow sports stars honored the 5-time NBA champion. Tiger Woods, 40, thanked Kobe for all the memories and Green Bay Packers quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, 32, joined in on the “#MamabDay” celebration. Kevin Durant, 27, appreciated his “mentor but rival,” while LeBron James, 31, could only just salute his Team USA teammate. Even Drake, 29, paid tribute to Kobe, and Drake’s a Los Angeles Clippers fan! Some famous celebs, like Adam Levine, 37 and Kanye West, 38, said their good-byes!
During the game, NBA legends like Lakers icon Magic Johnson, 56, celebrated the life and career of one of the greats. Kobe’s former teammate Lamar Odom, 36, gave his first public statement since his close call with death. “It’s your little brother, L.O.,” Lamar said. “I’m proud to say I was right there with you, Kobe Bean.”
Even Kobe’s haters were involved in his retirement celebration. In a hilarious and touching ad from Nike, Kobe conducted a symphony of angry fans (as well as his former coach, Phil Jackson, 70) that sang how much they’ll miss hating him!
After the buzzer rang on the game and Kobe’s career, Kobe took a moment to thank the Lakers home crowd. “You guys will always be in my heart. I sincerely, sincerely appreciate it,” Kobe said, completely swept up by his emotions. Still, Kobe cracked a smile and said, “What [else] can I say? Mamba Out!” Mic drop.
What a way to close out a career, HollywoodLifers! If you missed anything, check out the gallery above. Are you going to miss Kobe, now that he’s gone?