Kobe Bryant exploded for 60 points in the final game of his NBA career. Who or what is the reason behind the explosion from the Los Angeles Lakers? Credit goes to Shaquille O’Neal, who according to a report, challenged his former teammate to go for 50 points in their game versus the Utah Jazz on Wednesday.
Just spoke to Shaq – he said "I challenged him to get 50 and the mother****er got 60"
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 14, 2016
Shaq, who in a video in a Bryant tribute before the game versus the Jazz, called Kobe the “greatest Laker of all time” is known for his playful taunts but it appears the Bryant took him seriously in his challenge to light up the scoreboard at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Bryant retired from basketball officially on Wednesday after averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game in his NBA career that spanned from 1996 to 2016.
“I was tired, but I just had to push through it. I mean, saving it for what?” Bryant said in an interview with Nichols.
Kobe Bryant also had a message to the young Lakers who will now be asked to carry the Lakers’ torch.
“I told them it goes by fast. If you don’t give it your absolute best, you’re going to regret it,” Bryant added.
The Lakers beat their West rivals Jazz, 101-96 in Kobe Bryant’s final game. It was a perfect ending to an illustrious career for the Lakers legend considered one of the best players in the history of basketball.
For his final performance, Kobe Bryant Lakers fans can thank Shaq for motivating his former teammate.