The ‘Kobe Bryant Goodbye Tour’ Is Slowly Coming To An End
“I might be sitting here with tears flowing out of my eyes.”
Growing up a Lakers fan in the 90’s we were able to witness a living legend and grow with him threw the years. You almost forget your favorite athletes are human and expect for them to be great forever, but truth of the matter is, that’s never the case. Kobe Bryant has given the city of Los Angeles 20 amazing seasons. He’s given the world something to watch and showed where hard work can get you. Kobe Bryant studied Michael Jordan and became the greatest. The man played against, Dell Curry and a few years later, Dell Curry’s son, Stephen Curry, he payed his dues long before some of us can even remember!
Whether you hated Bryant or loved him, he gave you a reaction. He gave you a feeling to be the best you can be at anything. Coming into the NBA straight out of high school, Bryant had a lot of growing up to do and he proved that after getting the nickname, Vino. For many years, Bryant worked on perfecting his craft and never gave up.
After 20 amazing years of basketball, five championship games won, 18 All-Star Game appearances, and a well-deserved MVP award, he finally decided it was time to hang up the towel. When Bryant announced his retirement, it almost seemed like the world stopped. The city of L.A. had to really stop and digest what was happening. At long last, the Kobe Bryant Goodbye Tour is coming to a close next Wednesday, April 13th when the Lakers play at home against the Utah Jazz.
Everyone knows their exact reaction and some are even catching early water works anticipating that day, but have you ever wondered what The Black Mamba’s reaction will be? During an interview with ESPN he said, “When the time comes, you never know, [I] might be sitting here with tears flowing out of my eyes. I doubt it, but it could happen. I don’t know. We’ll see.”
The Lakers lost the last two games against the Clippers, but when speaking about his final game, Bryant said, “Just showing up and playing, showing up and playing and hoping my body feels pretty damn good and I can get up and down the floor and run freely and play this game at the highest level of competition one more time.”
As the curtains start closing, Nike’s saluting Kobe with Mamba Day on Wednesday. Nike Basketball is also honoring the living legend with a few Nike athletes saluting Kobe from Kyrie Irving to Russell Wilson to Natalie Achonwa.
Photograph via ESPN