Kobe Bryant: Top 5 moments with the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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#1: 60 Point Send-Off Game

The final moment comes from Kobe’s final game in the NBA. In the hours leading up to the game, their opponent the Utah Jazz were eliminated from playoff contention but still shows that they were playing against a very quality opponent. The whole year was sort of a retirement tour for Kobe and the Lakers as they had been one of the worst teams in the league for a few years.

His averages in this season had dipped to 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists on just 35.8% from the field. In his defense, however, he was 37 years old in the 2015-2016 season and him even being in the league at that age was an accomplishment itself.

Along with this, Kobe started in every single game that he played in during his final year in the league. Before the game, Shaq challenged Kobe to score 50 points, and being the competitor he is, he one-upped him one final time and went out and scored 60.

Kobe started off the game quite slow and it appeared that the event was going to end up being overhyped and father time was going to be the true winner of the night, however, Kobe found his jump shot and the rest was history.

To put into context just how much of an event this was a the time, Kobe’s final game made it to the nationally televised spot on ESPN over the Golden State Warriors playing to win the title of best regular-season record of all time. Kobe did not disappoint and went out on top. Fans had the chance to remember Kobe as the elite scorer that he was during almost the entire duration of his career and got to see him turn back the clock and give everyone one last glimpse of the Mamba.