Kobe Bryant will be playing the final game of his career on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center. Many basketball fans will be watching one of the all-time greats play one last time.
Bryant will retire third in the all-time NBA scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. “Mamba” is leaving a lasting legacy and is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer when he becomes eligible in 2020.
He was the face of the NBA after Jordan retired for the final time in 2003 and his accomplishments are incredible. Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic Gold medalist. He is one-time MVP, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and a four-time All-Star game MVP.
He’s also an 18-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Team 15 times. Bryant will be most remembered for his 81-point performance in 2006 as well as being one of the fiercest competitors in sports history.
“It means everything to finish at home. I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, so it’s like a dream come true for a kid to grow up and play for his favorite team, and play here for 20 years, his entire career. I’ve seen the city grow. I’ve seen the city develop, and vice versa. There’s no place I’d rather end my career,” Bryant said via NBA.com.
On the other hand, the Jazz will try not to give Kobe Bryant a final victory as their playoff spot is at stake. Utah is tied with the Houston Rockets for the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference Standings. The Jazz will qualify for the postseason if they can win the game against the Lakers and the Sacramento Kings defeat the Rockets on Wednesday.
Lakers vs. Jazz Lineups, Schedule and Live Streaming
Los Angeles Lakers: D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle, Roy Hibbert
Utah Jazz: Shelvin Mack, Rodney Hood, Gordon Hayward, Trey Lyles, Derrick Favors
Schedule: Wednesday, April 16, 2016, 10:30 PM ET
- TV – ESPN 2, TSN 2, ROOT, TWC SN / TWC D
- Radio – ESPNR, KZNS, 710 AM ESPN
Live Streaming: WatchESPN