Athletes Around The Country Are Honoring Kobe Bryant After His Last Game

Wednesday night belonged to Kobe Bryant.In his last game ever, the 37-year-old turned a meaningless game between two non-playoff teams into must-see TV.What started out as a poor performance from the Black Mamba — he began the game with five straight missed shots — turned into literally the greatest farewell performance we’ve seen from an NBA player.No Hall of Fame player had ever scored more than 30 in his last game. Kobe scored 60 in the most Kobe way possible, with a “Teammates? What teammates!?” performance that saw him take 50 shots in 42 minutes of play.It was fantastic.And while fans around the country saluted a player they grew up watching, we were reminded, too, many of the athletes whom Kobe regards as peers were also kids when the Lakers legend began his career.LeBron James couldn’t contain his excitement.UNBELIEVABLE MAN!!! #MambaDay— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 201660!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016Kobe Bean!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016Nor could any other big-name NBA stars.BEANNNNNNNNNNNNNN— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 14, 2016That's my dogggggg #besttodoit— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 14, 201660 piece. Mamba out.— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 14, 2016#MambaDay #Salute pic.twitter.com/EYqLfNjVvH— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 13, 2016The game is gonna miss you @kobebryant #MambaDay pic.twitter.com/gvZt7fmmAg— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 13, 2016First let me say congrats to Kobe on an unbelievable career. 20 years! You set he bar on the court for our … pic.twitter.com/NLAtvmeo4s— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 14, 2016Mamba— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 14, 2016What else should we have expected. It's only Kobe Bryant were talking about. 60!!!!!! You never seem to amaze. #Salute @kobebryant— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 14, 2016Even NFL stars got in on the action.I had to watch. #WitnessLegend chasing the same thing u were after @kobebryant. Farewell— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) April 14, 2016Amazing Final Bow. #ForeverClutchCongrats @KobeBryant— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 14, 2016Kobe. What a night #ThankYouKobe #MambaDay— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 14, 2016And some of baseball’s greatest stars made sure to not miss out.To my good friend @kobebryant. Thanks for all of the memories and inspiration. #legend #MambaDay (pic: @lakers) pic.twitter.com/GcautCkVyB— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) April 13, 2016#KOBE— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) April 14, 201660. Winner. Legend. Goat. Mamba. #Kobe— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 14, 2016Legends from all over paid their respects.60 points and a win. Amazing. Fans in LA got their money's worth tonight. #MambaDay #ThankYouKobe— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 14, 2016What a privilege! I saw Kobe play. #ThankYouKobe-- Kaka (@KAKA) April 14, 2016Honoring a legend #mambaday #justdoit @nikecourt pic.twitter.com/EmS4pp4yRb— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 13, 2016#kobebryant I'm in tears. Congrats Kobe Bryant. You inspire every athlete for a lifetime. Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 14, 2016#ThankYouKobe #MambaDay #KB20 pic.twitter.com/4fncXu20C3— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 14, 2016Happy to call you my friend… Thanks for the memories bro!!! It’s been amazing to watch the drive and passion you have for the game!! Sport gonna miss ya man… #mambadayEven Jay Z had to hop on Twitter for the first time this year and join the athletes.Mamba out!— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 14, 2016But nothing beats making Kanye actually smile.Kobe's most impressive accomplishment: pic.twitter.com/5qmO4V4ByS— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 14, 2016pic.twitter.com/fr6uKie04v— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 14, 2016Athletes Around The Country Are Honoring Kobe Bryant After His Last Game

Wednesday night belonged to Kobe Bryant.

In his last game ever, the 37-year-old turned a meaningless game between two non-playoff teams into must-see TV.

What started out as a poor performance from the Black Mamba — he began the game with five straight missed shots — turned into literally the greatest farewell performance we’ve seen from an NBA player.

No Hall of Fame player had ever scored more than 30 in his last game. Kobe scored 60 in the most Kobe way possible, with a “Teammates? What teammates!?” performance that saw him take 50 shots in 42 minutes of play.

It was fantastic.

And while fans around the country saluted a player they grew up watching, we were reminded, too, many of the athletes whom Kobe regards as peers were also kids when the Lakers legend began his career.

LeBron James couldn’t contain his excitement.

UNBELIEVABLE MAN!!! #MambaDay

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016

60!!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016

Kobe Bean!!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016

Nor could any other big-name NBA stars.

BEANNNNNNNNNNNNNN

— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 14, 2016

That’s my dogggggg #besttodoit

— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 14, 2016

60 piece. Mamba out.

— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 14, 2016

#MambaDay #Salute pic.twitter.com/EYqLfNjVvH

— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 13, 2016

The game is gonna miss you @kobebryant #MambaDay pic.twitter.com/gvZt7fmmAg

— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) April 13, 2016

First let me say congrats to Kobe on an unbelievable career. 20 years! You set he bar on the court for our … pic.twitter.com/NLAtvmeo4s

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) April 14, 2016

Mamba

— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) April 14, 2016

What else should we have expected. It’s only Kobe Bryant were talking about. 60!!!!!! You never seem to amaze. #Salute @kobebryant

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) April 14, 2016

Even NFL stars got in on the action.

I had to watch. #WitnessLegend chasing the same thing u were after @kobebryant. Farewell

— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) April 14, 2016

Amazing Final Bow. #ForeverClutch

Congrats @KobeBryant

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 14, 2016

Kobe. What a night #ThankYouKobe #MambaDay

— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 14, 2016

And some of baseball’s greatest stars made sure to not miss out.

To my good friend @kobebryant. Thanks for all of the memories and inspiration. #legend #MambaDay (pic: @lakers) pic.twitter.com/GcautCkVyB

— Alex Rodriguez (@AROD) April 13, 2016

#KOBE

— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) April 14, 2016

60. Winner. Legend. Goat. Mamba. #Kobe

— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 14, 2016

Legends from all over paid their respects.

60 points and a win. Amazing. Fans in LA got their money’s worth tonight. #MambaDay #ThankYouKobe

— Scottie Pippen (@ScottiePippen) April 14, 2016

What a privilege! I saw Kobe play. #ThankYouKobe

— Kaka (@KAKA) April 14, 2016

Honoring a legend #mambaday #justdoit @nikecourt pic.twitter.com/EmS4pp4yRb

— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) April 13, 2016

#kobebryant I’m in tears. Congrats Kobe Bryant. You inspire every athlete for a lifetime. https://t.co/Vxghfe1c7I

— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) April 14, 2016

#ThankYouKobe #MambaDay #KB20 pic.twitter.com/4fncXu20C3

— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 14, 2016

Happy to call you my friend… Thanks for the memories bro!!! It’s been amazing to watch the drive and passion you have for the game!! Sport gonna miss ya man… #mambaday

Even #JayZ had to hop on Twitter for the first time this year and join the athletes.

Mamba out!

— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 14, 2016

But nothing beats making Kanye actually smile.

Kobe’s most impressive accomplishment: pic.twitter.com/5qmO4V4ByS

— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) April 14, 2016

pic.twitter.com/fr6uKie04v

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 14, 2016

Athletes Around The Country Are Honoring Kobe Bryant After His Last Game


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