Kobe Bryant Scored 60 Points in Final Game in Farewell Victory Four Years Ago
Kobe Bryant had one of the most decorated careers of any basketball player ever. Four years ago, however, he retired from his 20-year stint in the NBA.
Kobe's final game for the Los Angeles Lakers was a regular-season match against the Utah Jazz. He had announced his retirement earlier in the season, and many dubbed the final stretch of games as his farewell tour.
The Lakers, however, were in the midst of a pretty disappointing season by their standards. Moving into the final game, they had a 16-65 record and had no hope of getting into the playoffs.
Still, the fact that it was Kobe's final season made it all the more special. Everyone expected Kobe to come on against the Jazz and try his best against a team that looked better. However, The Mamba showed out.
Kobe started a bit cold, but he soon got hot. Soon, the entire Staples Center crowd was on its feet as he marked his final game the way only he could. At the end of the night, Kobe had gone off for 60 points. After the game, he said:
"The perfect ending would have been a championship. But tonight was (me) trying to go out, play hard, and try to put on a show..."
The venue also had some notable names in attendance, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, David Beckham, Kendrick Lamar, and Adam Levine.
The Lakers won the fixture, defeating the Jazz 101-96 on the back of Kobe's 60 points. It didn't end with a championship, but it was a fairytale ending to Kobe's illustrious career.
He had written books, won an Oscar, and started a production studio.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
Kobe had started to mark a different chapter for himself after basketball. He even won an Oscar in 2018 for his short film, "Dear Basketball." Sadly, it all ended this January when he died in a helicopter crash.
Kobe's death was a tragic loss to everyone, especially his family. His wife Vanessa reportedly still feels traumatized about his death, as she continues to struggle with the reality. One report explains:
"One day, she feels motivated, and the next, she's depressed and needs to take time for herself."
In an Instagram post, Vanessa listed out some of the ways that Kobe had tried to make up for lost time with the family.
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My husband worked his ass off for 20 years. Gave it his all. All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time. He wanted to be there for every single milestone and special moment in our girls lives. He only got to enjoy 3 years and 9 months of retirement. We had 2 more daughters, he won an Oscar, he opened Granity studios, he became a 5x best selling author and coached Gianna’s basketball team in that time. She worked hard and gave her all 7 days a week just like her daddy. I wish I could go back to that morning, every day. I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26. Life truly isn’t fair. This is just senseless.
He had written books, won an Oscar, and started a production studio. He even began coaching his daughter Gianna's basketball team. Now, it's all gone, and there's nothing to do about it.