Trae Young, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Love reflect on Kobe Bryant’s last game as being their favorite decade moment
“The Kobe final game, when he scored 60 points and his team won,” Young said. “He gave it all until the very end. That’s how it’s supposed to be. He played every game like it was his last, and even the last one.”
“For me, it was Kobe’s last game,” DeRozan said. “Nobody I can think of went out the way that he did, man. He told me after the game was over, he couldn’t even walk to his car.”
“Favorite moment. That’s hard. The 60-point game from Kobe? It’s hard to say,” Love said. “Moments like that are almost bigger than basketball because it’s like it encapsulates somebody’s entire career. With Kobe, he’s always been a performer, always stepped up to the challenge and the big moments. And I think everybody was watching Kobe’s last game. To put on a performance like that was incredible. I certainly watched it on a big-screen at home.”
In 1,346 career games for the Lakers, Bryant cemented himself as one of the greatest Lakers of all time, if not the greatest. He holds career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
Kobe will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is one of the eligible candidates for the Class of 2020.