Kobe Bryant’s final game is one for the books not just because he is one of the greatest in history but also for the numbers he put up in his final game. The “Black Mamba” made sure that his game was memorable and will be talked about beyond playoffs.
According to ESPN Stats , Kobe Bryant’s final game against Utah Jazz is staggering: 60 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a block. He also played 42 minutes in his final game in front of the rousing crowd eager to cheer him as they win their last game 101-96. SB Nation also reported , “He took 50 shots, the most in an NBA game in over 30 years. Yes, he even took more shots than he himself has ever taken.”
Bryant’s final game is not just for the fans but also for celebrities known for their serious following of the game. Entertainment Tonight reported that Jack Nicholson, an avid fan of the Lakers, was in the game with his son on his usual seat. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar and even David Beckham were in attendance to enjoy Kobe’s final game.
After the game, Kobe thanked the fans in the stadium who have been cheering for him all game long. His game changing shot in the final 40 seconds of the game roused the crowd as everyone was on their feet enjoying every shot Kobe made. The NBA star is also seen hugging his teammates and even former teammates like Shaq and Robert Horry after the game.
Kobe did his obligatory interviews which made even more special because of his output in his final game. But LA Times posted something special about the player: Kobe signing the floor and hugging his kid in an empty stadium. After 20 seasons, Kobe is bidding farewell to the game that made him one of the greatest sports athletes of the generation.