Last night was a historical one for the National Basketball Association. NBA legend Kobe Bryant hung up his laces after scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz at the sold out Staples Center. After a 20 year career including 2 scoring titles, 18 Allstar Game selections, 4 All Star Game MVPs, 2 Finals MVPs and 5 championships, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant is now retired. The future Hall of Famer addressed the crowd after his final game.
“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. Man, this is crazy,” Bryant, an 18-time All-Star, said while addressing the crowd after the game. “This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”
For every retired legend there is a new star emerging on the hardwood. Also making history last night was the NBAs most talked about young star, Steph Curry, and his Golden State Warriors who won their 73rd game of the season. The win broke the regular season win record of the Chicago Bulls who lead by Michael Jordan ended the 95-96 NBA season with a record of 72-10. The Warriors’ players reflected on their record breaking win post-game.
“I’m going to look back at this and think of it as the best time of my life.” Klay Thompson on how special the win was.
“It means I’m a part of the best team ever.” Draymond Green said when asked what the 73rd win meant to him.
Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr, who ironically was apart of that 95-96 Bulls team, shared his shock at his former team’s record being broken.
”It’s a great way to finish off what was an amazing regular season,” Kerr said. ”I just told our guys I never in a million years would have guessed that that record would ever be broken. I thought it was like DiMaggio’s hit streak, really. I was wrong.”
According to Steph, the possibilities are now endless.
”Who knows how far we can take this thing?”he said
One thing’s for sure, although Kobe has retired, the NBA is still in good hands. The torch has definitely been passed.
Watch Kobe’s retirement speech to the fans below.