As you know by now, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement at season’s end before last night’s home game vs. the Indiana Pacers.
As for the game: THERE WAS ACTUAL DRAMA! Something void from just about every other Lakers game this season. After hitting a monster three to pull them within one, Kobe had a chance to force overtime with a last-second heave — but….
SMH who left the door open? Lakers lose.
About 15 minutes later, Kobe was at the podium for one of the more anticipated press conferences in NBA history — and it was nothing short of epic…
“I just accepted the fact that I dont want to do this anymore…” – Kobe on basketball & his retirement
“I’m playing like sh*t”
MAMBA HABLA ESPANOL
KOBE BRYANT DA (bilingual) GAWD pic.twitter.com/KsyjwhnCRy— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 30, 2015
“I would never play anywhere else … this is home.”
TIME TO SPEAK SOME ITALIAN
KOBE A.K.A 'EL NERO SERPENTE' NOW SPEAKING ITALIAN LIKE HE THE HEAD OF THE NBA FIVE FAMILIES— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 30, 2015
And last but not least… the best of all: Kobe to a player on the Blazers: “If you were born before me, you cant talk trash…” The player replied: “Yessir.”
Kobe to a player on the Blazers: "If you were born before me, you cant talk trash…"— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 30, 2015
The player replied: "Yessir." pic.twitter.com/vqyjr4d5My
Love him or hate him: moments like this are a resounding reminder that the NBA is better when Kobe is in it. God speed, Mamba, we’ll miss you.
P.S. And for any ‘Game of Thrones’ fans out there: it may be time to put Kobe out of his 2015 shooting misery “For the Watch…”
"For the Lakers"— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 30, 2015
If Kobe keeps shooting the way he is, the team will have no choice but… pic.twitter.com/tgSomyoQbP