Last night was easily one of the greatest nights in NBA history. The Golden State Warriors played for their mind-boggling and record-setting 73rd win of the season, while Kobe Bryant stepped on an NBA court for the final time. You knew you were going to get a show, but no one really knew how incredible it would all be.
Somehow, the Warriors 73rd win and Steph Curry exploding for 46 points took the passenger seat to the Black Mamba. The Staples Center was full of celebrities and fans (who all have way too much money to spend) eager to see what Kobe would do in his final NBA game.
Kanye, Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, David and Brooklyn Beckham, The Weeknd and Bella Hadid, Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo, Shaq, Lamar Odom, Zendaya, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Benson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Austin Green and of course Jack Nicholson were all in attendance to see Kobe put on a show. And he did not disappoint.
In true Kobe fashion, he went absolutely berserk (something Raptors fans are all too familiar with). And in true Internet fashion, everyone lost their bloody minds. You rarely get to see celebrities acting like fans, but that’s exactly what most of them were for Kobe’s final game. Yesterday really was #MambaDay.
On Wednesday alone, the Staples Center sold $1.2 MILLION worth of Kobe merchandise. https://t.co/b96l6ke22V
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 14, 2016
Sorry about that, everybody.
Kobe got too hot for the Twitter servers.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 14, 2016
UNBELIEVABLE MAN!!! #MambaDay
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 14, 2016
.@kobebryant scoring 60 points in his last game is the greatest final performance that I've ever seen in sports!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) April 14, 2016
This has been the best night of basketball in a while. Warriors get a record and Kobe does this!! Wow!!!
— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) April 14, 2016
60 piece. Mamba out.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 14, 2016
That's my dogggggg #besttodoit
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 14, 2016
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 14, 2016
No pressure. THE GREAT ONE. @kobebryant . Thank you for the journey champ.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) April 14, 2016
Favorite player forever!
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) April 13, 2016
Thank you Kobe!!!!
— Big Sean (@BigSean) April 14, 2016
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 14, 2016
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) April 14, 2016
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) April 14, 2016
Only Kobe can make the biggest stars feel like little kids again https://t.co/fouRzO7p6X
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 14, 2016
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) April 14, 2016
Five-time NBA Champion, twice as the Finals MVP. He was the 2008 NBA MVP, two-time scoring champion and an 18-time All-Star. To go along with his countless NBA records, Kobe is the third-highest scorer in NBA history and holds the record for most seasons played for a single franchise. Twenty years after he scored his first point as a Los Angeles Laker, he scored his last, both coming from the free throw line. After a 20-year journey, Bryant only had one last thing to say before he dropped the mic on his own NBA career.