Written by Tharushan Fernando
13 Apr, 2016 | 12:47 pm
A likely future Hall of Famer and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is taking the ‘stage’ for the final time against Utah Jazz at Staples Center, Los Angeles
At 37, he has played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five championships.
• Third all-time scorer in total points, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
Scored 81 points on January 22, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest total in NBA history. Only Wilt Chamberlain (100) has scored more in a game.
• Won five NBA championships, 2000-2002 and 2009-2010.
• Won two Olympic gold medals — in 2008 and 2012.
• NBA MVP in 2008.
• 18 All-Star selections.
• Two-time NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007).
• Four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Bryant announced in a letter written in the form of a poem on The Players’ Tribune in November that this season would be his last
“This season is all I have left to give,” he wrote in “Dear Basketball.” “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.
“I grew up a die-hard Laker fan. It’s like a dream come true, for a kid to grow up, play for his favorite team and play here for 20 years, his entire career. I’ve seen the city grow. I’ve seen the city develop and vice versa. There’s no place I’d rather end my career.”
Nike is paying tribute to basketball star Kobe Bryant as he prepares for his final game today with an ad that sees scores of its athletes talking about the Los Angeles Lakers player.
The “Mamba Day” spot — a play on his “Black Mamba” nickname — began airing since last weekend
Nike athletes starring in the ad include Tiger Woods, Odell Beckham Jr, Neymar Jr, Kevin Durrant, Rory McIlroy, Serena Williams, LeBron James, and many more famous players from all different sports.
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