Number 24, Kobe Bryant, reminded everyone last night what kind of player he has been during his record-setting 20 seasons with the Lakers. During the past few months of his final season, it has seemed many times Bryant was limping into retirement — a shadow of the player he used to be. Then last night, before a sold out crowd of adoring fans, friends, family, and celebrities, Bryant put on a spectacular show scoring 60 points in the Lakers 101-96 win over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
Here are some highlights of the Black Mamba’s amazing performance.
As the 37 year-old basketball great hangs up his Laker jersey and walks away from the game he loves, some of his most noteworthy quotes will probably be remembered along with his incredible career.
“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” Kobe Bryant
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