Snoop Dogg looks back on Lakers great Kobe Bryant’s farewell game
In light of the third annual Mamba Day, Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant fans shared the story of how it felt like being at Staples Center during the Black Mamba’s final regular-season game.
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Snoop Dogg said that everybody at Staples Center knew that the April 13, 2016 game against the Utah Jazz was going to be Kobe’s last game and although the Lakers weren’t making the playoffs, Bryant’s performance made the atmosphere like the Lakers were competing for a championship.
Bryant dropped 60 points to lead the Lakers to a 101-96 come-from-behind win against the Jazz, in a game that showed both Kobe’s positive and negative sides as a player. The great thing about that game was that the Black Mamba never quit. Although he kept missing shots, he still willed LA to victory, just like what he always did in the past. The bad thing is that although he erupted for 60, he only made 22 of 50 shots.
But Kobe’s horrendous shooting didn’t matter to the crowd, as he hit shot after shot when the team needed it the most. It wasn’t the perfect ending for one of the most storied careers in the history of the NBA, but it was something that people will remember for a very long time.
As a token of appreciation, Snoop Dogg said that he gave Kobe his Lakers-themed lowrider car two weeks after Bryant’s last game. The veteran rapper said that it was his way fo telling the five-time champion how much he meant to him and to the city of Los Angeles.
Happy Mamba Day everyone!