Kobe Bryant will be playing his last basketball game on Wednesday, April 13, at home, Staples Center, in Los Angeles against the Utah Jazz starting 10:30 pm ET.
According to the official NBA sources, he will retire as the “third-leading scorer” in the league history. No other player has spent 20 seasons with “one NBA” team. When asked about his feelings before his final match, Bryant said, “It means everything to finish at home.”
“I grew up a die-hard Laker fan, so it’s like a dream come true for a kid to grow up and play for his favourite team, and play here for 20 years, his entire career,” he added. “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.”
“I’ve grown up in front of this crowd from the age of 17,” Bryant said. “A lot of faces that I saw in the crowd in my very first game are still here. That’s very special. Kids that are sitting there now, that were kids when I first came in, now come to the game with their kids. You know, that’s pretty cool to see.”
The focus is so much on “Mamba Day” that nobody is talking about Jazz’s chance to seal Western Conference playoffs spot.
“I think it’s going to be crazy,” Scott said. “We got a chance to celebrate one of the greatest to ever play the game this season, and I think we did it the right way.”
Lakers might be playing one of their worst seasons in the league history but that won’t stop fans from filling the stands at the Staples Center. If fans do not get tickets, they might “gather downtown to show love for Bryant,” notes NBA.
According to BBC sources, basketball fans are spending $35,950 (US $27,500) just to see the 37-year-old legendary Bryant. Lakers have also issued a “fraud alert” to fans “warning them to only buy from their official ticket exchange, where fans can resell tickets securely.”
Resell tickets are going for $13,071 (US $10,000).
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz, NBA Live
Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Live Stream: TNT
TV: ESPN 2,TSN2,TWC SN / TWC D,ROOT
Radio: KZNS,710 AM ESPN / 1330 AM ESPN DEPORTES