Demand for tickets was as high as a pivotal Lakers playoff game, ranging in the secondary markets from $700 to $10,000.
The Warriors have been crushing the competition this year, making history on Thursday after they became the first National Basketball Association team to score 73 wins in a regular season. And each ring is set into yellow and white gold.
The LA Lakers superstar has scored an incredible 60 points in his final game, leading them to an improbable 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz. He may be one of the most celebrated because of playing in LA, scoring a lot of points, and his constant comparisons to Michael Jordan but was he even one of the 20 best during the last 30 years?
Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the five things we’ll miss most about the Black Mamba.
Kobe Bryant, 37, is officially a retired man. The NBA star scored 60 points at his last game as an LA Laker against the Utah Jazz on April 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Bryant’s mark on the Lakers is also everlasting as GM Mitch Kupchak found out when he tried to take Kobe off the white board he uses to map out the team’s roster. In an ESPN report, Cuban said that he could have sworn that the deal nearly came to fruition, but it never materialized because anyone in the Lakers front office that time might have been successful in persuading “The Black Mamba” to walk away from it. “Then Mitch (Kupchak) or Jerry Buss or whoever talked him out of it”, Cuban said. Kupchak chooses to be optimistic, hoping a couple of big-ticket free agents could be attracted to the Lakers’ mystique and promise without having to cede so much to Bryant.
“The feeling was like we won a championship or something”. But his intensity, the trait that made him the player that he is, hasn’t waned.