Apr 11, 2016; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts after a call in action against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Kobe Bryant will be wrapping up his farewell tour in the final game of his career tonight. The Lakers have decorated the Staples Center in order to support the occasion what is being called “Mamba Day.”
The 18 time All-Star has earned every bit of praise from other NBA greats. Bryant won five championships, two-time finals MVP, 2008 NBA MVP, 12 time All-Defensive team, 15 time All-NBA selection. Those were a small sample size of Kobe’s long list of accomplishments during his time with the Lakers.
37-year-old Kobe Bryant will retire as the third all-time scorer in NBA history and is first and only player to play 20 seasons with one team.
“I’ve grown up in front of this crowd from the age of 17,” Bryant said. “A lot of faces that I saw in the crowd in my very first game are still here.”
The beginning of the end for Kobe Bryant will start at 10:30 p.m. at the Staple Center in Los Angeles and can be seen on ESPN2.