Kobe Bryant had one of the greatest performances of his illustrious career in his final NBA game last April 13 against the Utah Jazz. The Los Angeles Lakers legend revealed in a recent interview the reason why he decided to take over the game and score 60 points.
Mamba told Variety that he wanted to give the fans something they will never forget. He added that he did not like the sad feeling inside the Staples Center in his final game so he decided to give Lakers and basketball fans one final great moment of happiness.
“I just remember being extremely excited. There was such a sadness that was kind of coating Staples Center. I didn’t want to have that. I didn’t want people to be sad because I wasn’t sad. I was happy. And I wanted to make sure I gave them something to celebrate versus be sad over,” Bryant said, as transcribed by FOX Sports.
Kobe Bryant delivered just that as he scored 60 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and had four assists with a steal and a block. He did it in the Kobe-like fashion as he took a whopping 50 shots in his final game, the most by any player since Michael Jordan did it in 1993.
Black Mamba also scored 23 points in the final quarter to lead the Lakers to a come from behind victory. It is also his first 60-point game since scoring a Madison Square Garden record at that time, 61 points, in 2009.
After a 20-year career, Kobe Bryant retired as one of the greatest ever. He is a five-time NBA champion, two-time Finals MVP, one-time NBA MVP and four-time All-Star Game MVP. He is also an 18-time All-star and is considered the second-greatest shooting guard behind MJ.
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