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Thank you, @kobebryant. The game will never be the same. #MambaDay #GlobePHNBA

 

Fondest memories of Kobe before his final NBA game:

  • Kobe scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors during its regular season game in Staples Center last January 2006. This second highest scoring performance in the history of the NBA - behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100 - will always be remembered.
  • Kobe winning 3 straight championships with Shaq. This was when I realized I was going to be a die-hard Lakers fan throughout my whole life. The Shaq-Kobe tandem proved to be one of the best dynamic duos in the history of the NBA.
  • Kobe dunks. Yes, Kobe was once part of the All-Star Slam Dunk contest. He also had highlights dunking on Emeka Okafor, Dwight "Superman" Howard, his former teammate Steve Nash, and many others. His leaping ability has made him an explosive player while driving to the hoop.
  • Kobe hitting game-winners. Clutch. He's been known to hit tons and tons of game-winners, bringing heartaches to his opponents and their fans. Some of these would include his game-tying jumper in the fourth quarter against the Suns, and later on hitting the game-winner in Overtime. He has also banked a running three against his friend, Dwyane Wade. Clutch, I tell you.
  • Kobe gunning for 2 straight championships, this time with Pau. Their playing styles complimented one another. Having a guard and a man in the middle proved to be effective against their rivals in the NBA. On another note, I seriously miss Pau.
  • Kobe as an All-Star. He's been voted as a Western All-Star 18 times throughout his career. What more can you ask for?
  • Kobe getting four straight 50+ point performances in a week. During the 2007 NBA season, Kobe was able to hit 65, 50, 60 and 50 points against the Blazers, Timberwolves, Grizzlies and Hornets respectively, in a span of 7 days. Spectacular.
  • Kobe outscoring the whole Mavericks team through 3 quarters. He held the Mavs team to 61 points after three quarters, and yes, he had 62 points after 3. Amazing.
  • Kobe as a winner. He's been an Olympic gold medalist, an MVP, an All-Star MVP, Finals MVP, All-NBA 1st Team through various seasons, and a whole lot more on and off the court.
  • Kobe's last dance. What a way for him to exit. His 60 point performance against the Jazz yesterday brought me to tears. Seeing my idol - Kobe Bryant - the greatest player ever to play the game of basketball - retire definitely hurts me. There will never be another Kobe. As they would say - heroes come and go, but legends are forever.

 

#ThankYouKobe #MambaDay #MambaOut


 

With Kobe finishing his 20-year career in the NBA, what are your most memorable 'Kobe' moments? Share them in the comments below.

 

Words by: Neil G. Edited by: Community