For over twenty years, fans have chanted his name. Long before he stepped on the hardwood courts of the NBA, thousands have chanted his name. That’s because the athlete who would grow up into Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant gave them every reason to do so.
Whether it was the time he announced his leap to the NBA at the age of 17, or the night he scored 81 points, or when he was named the ’07-’08 MVP, or his winning those 5 championships, he spoiled his legions of fans every step of the way by playing his best, day in and day out. Simply put, Bryant embodied everything there was to love about basketball.
Kobe Bryant savored every moment as he was introduced one final time in front of thousands of fans in Staples Center.
On this, the day of his final game, the Kobe chants carried more meaning, as fans across the globe tuned in to watch and pay tribute to the Black Mamba. Fittingly, it was fellow Lakers legend Magic Johnson who introduced him right before the game. Before the tipoff, a video tribute was presented, highlighting Bryant’s impact on the game and the legacy of greatness he was leaving behind.
Los Angeles Lakers’ legends Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, shared an embrace before the Black Mamba’s final game.
With the Jazz looking to secure their place in the playoffs, and Bryant determined to give the sold-out crowd one last show, both sides gave their all, making it an emotional night for everyone involved.
When the final buzzer finally sounded on the Kobe Farewell Tour, the subsequent ovation that erupted as 18,000 fans rose to their feet sent message as loud as it was clear: the Black Mamba will live on forever.
Kobe Bryant waves to fans before his final game.
*All images from NBA.