After playing his last game against the Utah Jazz yesterday, Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career in Basketball has finally come to an end. Kobe ended his career scoring 60 points more than any player has scored this season in the Lakers win against Utah Jazz 101-96.
With the Kobe chants loud at the end of the game, the Superstar delivered his thank you message in the packed staple center,
“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. Man, this is crazy,” Bryant said.
“This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”
The 18 time All star confessed how he was Lakers die hard from day one. His competitive side has helped him five championships with the Lakers, something he’s truly grateful for.
“You can’t write something better than this,” he said.
While reflecting on his career he said,
“What’s funny — the thing that had me cracking up all night long — the fact that I go through 20 years of everybody screaming to pass the ball, and then the last night they’re like, ‘Don’t pass it!'”
“All I can do here is thank you guys,” he told the crowd. “Thank you guys for all the years of support. Thank you guys for all the motivation. Thank you for all the inspiration.”
“What can I say? Mamba out, Kobe Bryant concluded his speech with a smile.
As much Kobe wanted to continue playing the game he loves, his body couldn’t let him because of the recurring injuries. So it was fit for him to hang his shoes at the end of the regular season.