Kobe Bryant is set to retire at the end of the regular season, ending his illustrious 20-year NBA career. There are only eight games remaining and Bryant plans to play all of them.
After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to Washington Wizards last Sunday, Bryant was asked by ESPN if he will be playing in the remaining games of his career. “Yes, unless something drastic happens, God forbid,” he answered.
“It’s pretty crazy to think. I’ve got four home games left? That’s kind of crazy. I didn’t realize that until right before the tip-off. Five home games left, and now it’s four. That’s pretty crazy,” Bryant added.
But don’t expect the games to be very competitive. The Lakers visited the Utah Jazz on Monday and they lost by 48 points, 123-75, the worst loss in Kobe’s career. It was also Bryant’s final game in Salt Lake City and he was presented with an amazing video package.
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His final eight games will start on Wednesday against the Miami Heat followed by his last game against the Boston Celtics. The Lakers face the Clippers on back-to-back nights starting on April 6 before Kobe Bryant plays his final games in New Orleans, Houston and Oklahoma City.
The 37-year-old legend’s final game will be on April 14 against the Utah Jazz. Expect the Staples Center and the whole basketball world to be emotional as Bryant plays his last NBA game.
Kobe Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time NBA MVP and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. He is also an 18-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA team 15 times. He sits third on the all-time career scoring list.
The man who nicknamed himself “Black Mamba” will retire as one of the greatest players and competitors in the history of basketball. Bryant is a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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