A Legend Lost


Thomas Laskowski '23, Staff Writer

Kobe Bean Bryant,an American professional basketball player, was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent 20 seasons playing for the Lakers.  Bryant was known as one of the best basketball players of all time. Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant were recently killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, right outside of Los Angeles. Kobe was just 41 years of age and daughter Gianna was just 13. The world is truly devastated by this disaster. In honor of Kobe Bryant, this is a story on his final game in the NBA where he scored 60 points in 2016. 

     Kobe Bryant’s last game was very exciting, but also very emotional. Everyone was so excited to see Kobe play his final game in the NBA, but others felt differently. They were very upset to see Kobe leave basketball. He wanted to enjoy time with his family and friends.  Lebron James was upset that he and Kobe never met in a playoff or final game together. He stated, “I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it. He held up his end and I didn’t hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn’t happen.”

     At the end of the game, Kobe gave a farewell speech to the fans and everyone was very upset. Kobe’s last words to the basketball universe was, “Mamba out.” The reason Bryant said this was because throughout the 20 years Kobe played basketball he was given the name, “The Black Mamba”.   Kobe dropped 60 points in his final game in the NBA and he’s only had a 60 point game a few times in his amazing career.

       On January 31,  Lebron James gave Bryant another tribute.  Before the game in Portland, Lebron James stated, “Now, I got something written down. They asked me to stay on court for whatever the case may be but, Laker nation, man, I would be selling you short if I read off this {expletive} so this one is coming from the heart.” Lebron James and all of Laker nation are truly devastated by Bryant’s death.  A true legend has left his yard. Kobe Bean Bryant will be missed, forever.