Video Of The Week: Kobe's Last Game

Steph Curry is the future of the NBA, but Kobe Bryant was the best player in the league for most of the past twenty years and the way he went out this past Wednesday was pretty special.

If you are an NBA fan and haven’t seen it, take five minutes out of your weekend and watch this highlight reel.

The most amazing part is he had to hit two free throws at the end to make 60 and I am sure he was feeling the pressure of needing to make them. He did.



Comments (Archived):

  1. JimHirshfield


  2. William Mougayar

    What’s even more impressive about Kobe is that he played his entire career with the Lakers, and that’s a rare display of loyalty and sticking with the city and team he loves.

    1. andyswan

      His arrogance and pride also destroyed the franchise for years

      1. Richard

        He filled the staples center throughout his career.

        1. andyswan

          No doubt. He was an awesome player

          1. Lil Pong

            60 points of 50 shots.Seal it.Summary of Kobe awesome mess throughout his career

        2. Lil Pong

          Sorry,, it is not Kobe that brought them .Los Angeles fans are lazy duds and have no other entertainment. Most of the Laker games are sold out till 2019. Now what does that tell ?

          1. Richard

            Only city with 2 nba teams and a mlb team playing downtown.

      2. William Mougayar

        true, there was a dose of that in him.

    2. creative group

      William Mougayar:winning and huge max contracts kept Kobe Bryant in one place.

    3. Lil Pong

      hey , kobe’s first ever nba points in a game were made wearing Hornets jersey

      1. Lells

        Hornets traded him before he ever played a game

        1. Lil Pong


          1. boece

            Well, yes, actually – unless you can find video footage of him playing? Virtually all photos of him “playing” in a Charlotte jersey are shopped since numerous people on the Internet have fantasized the “what if” scenarios if he’d never been traded. He was drafted by Charlotte specifically to be traded. Never worked out with the Hornets post-draft and went immediately to the Lakers for Divac.

          2. Lil Pong

            Lakers jersey is photoshopped . Can you not see the real Carolina crowd in the background ??

          3. boece

            Get off the ledge man. I have no idea why you’re so obsessed with the idea that a guy who was drafted to be traded ever played for the team. As if you know that’s a Charlotte crowd. Your obsession is utterly mystifying other than you are convinced you’re correct and can’t be swayed from that position. Kobe never donned a Hornets jersey. Never once. Never played a game for them. Other than referencing a dubious photoshop of him in a Charlotte jersey – likely from any one of the many counter factual speculations on the Internet of him playing for the Hornets – show me some video proof of Kobe playing for the Hornets.

  3. scottythebody

    What an impressive display and one hell of a way to go out.

  4. bobsac

    He had the highest usage % of any player in a single NBA game in the past 20 years. I think over 62%. If steph had those numbers he easily puts up 90.

    1. Lil Pong

      what kind of stats is usage %? he has the most missed shots in the history of nba. had he passed the ball, they not only won a championship more but also the fact there would have been an other ‘Kobe’ in the making now

      1. Bobsac

        Probably one of the most important basketball stats out there. He shockingly salvaged a decent shooting % in that game. In fact, he had higher usage % in years where they won championships. So not sure you are right on that one.

        1. Jeannie Buss

          Fuck ya whatever

          1. JamesHRH


  5. Tom Labus

    Come play for the Nets.

  6. gregorylent

    fifty. shots.

    1. Richard

      Like saying a startup founder took fifty attempts to succeed, no one cares.

      1. Lil Pong

        WHAT ???

        1. Richard

          if i work on 10 startups and 1 succeeds and you work on a 1 with the same level of success, we garner the same credit

          1. Lil Pong

            WHAT THE…

      2. JamesHRH

        No its not, its like one founder taking 5/8 of your funding to do his coding.

      3. gregorylent

        ask his team mates .. and watch the lakers next year

  7. andyswan

    What a great finale

    1. Lil Pong

      what’s so great about it. any outcome wouldn’t have made a difference

  8. pointsnfigures

    The rare family double. His father was a pretty good player too. It happens, but it is not often a pro player has a child that plays pro. It’s a difficult mountain to climb.

    1. K_Berger

      Like Dell and Steph Curry.

      1. Lells

        Top of mind…. Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Austin Rivers, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all also had parents who played professional basketball. I wouldn’t say it’s rare, and it appears to be a growing trend. @pointsnfigures:disqus

    2. JamesHRH

      Kobe’s middle name, Bean, is the shortened version of his Dad’s Jellybean nickname.I have always understood that part of Kobe’s drive is seeded in the lack of appreciation for his Dad’s abilities….which sent him to play in Europe when that was not very common.

    3. Mike M.

      Actually, there are a number of father/son combos and this ratio is continuing to increase.

      1. pointsnfigures

        agree there are some. but if you look at every single player that made it to the big league in their sport, and then looked at all of their offspring-how many make it? It’s rare.

        1. Mike M.

          Simply not true.. Many advantages to offspring of pro athletes.. I know my local example may be a slight anomaly , but the dubs have Steph /Dell, not to mention brother Seth, as well as Klay/Mychal, not to mention brother Mychel who played and brother Trayce who is an MLB player. It’s much more a sign of the times for children of modern NBA players (early 80’s). College hoops is also flooded with examples, which I realize may be slightly off point with your original pro remark.

          1. pointsnfigures

            We disagree. Big difference between college games and pro games. Howie Long’s kids made it in football. So did Kellen Winslow’s. But what about Doug Collins kid? Michael Jordan’s kids? Magic Johnson’s kids? You just don’t see much of it in football, basketball soccer, hockey or baseball. It happens-but it is very rare when a pro athlete has an offspring that makes the pro league. Look at top leagues, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and Premier League Soccer. Total up all the players that played, and then look at how many offspring played in those leagues. Just not that many-probably a 4 standard deviation event but for sure a 3 standard deviation event.

          2. Mike M.

            Currently more than 20 playing in the nba, not to mention additional D-leaguers and those playing professionally overseas.

          3. pointsnfigures

            Only NBA counts. They are genetic freaks. Again, very rare.

          4. Mike M.

            That’s still more than 20 of about 400 guys….

  9. sigmaalgebra

    NBA: I’m not pissed off. I’m not pissed off at the NBA. No, for years, decades, I’ve been pissed off, and now I’m way past pissed off. Here’s a suggestion. Game highlight videos? SURE. Terrific. Love the idea.BUT, NBA, in case you have not noticed, the action in your games is FAST. The action is so fast that in a highlight video, a player can go from the top of the key to a dunk and start running to the other end of the court all in just one orBETWEENtwo frame(s) of your video. So, for the crucial work, all I see is just a blur.SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, then, have a way to slow the video DOWN so the heck I can SEE it.E.g., just let me download a video file I can play in, say, WinDVD where I can slow down the rate of frames displayed per second or even watch the frames one at a time. And, sure, recording the work at faster than 30 frames per second would help a lot, too.If you don’t want to depend on WinDVD, Microsoft’s Media Player, or some such, then have some software guys write you a video player that is big on single frame, slow motion, and zoom.THEN, finally, after all these years, FINALLY I will be able actually to SEE the actual often astounding NBA action.Else what you have is a blur, a frustrating, infuriating, root canal BLUR.That’s just Step 1.Other steps cover the game 101, e.g., the rules! What the heck are the rules? Where the heck are the rules?Next 102, the basics. No I never had any basketball coaching so don’t know the basics.E.g., “give and go”. I didn’t forget it. I didn’t neglect to study it. Instead, I was never exposed to what the heck it is. I don’t know what it is. Past the basics, I don’t have even a weak little hollow hint of a tiny clue of the details, pro or con. And that is the situation for everything there is about the game.The forwards, power forwards, guards, point guards, what, who, the heck are those? What do they do? How to recognize them on the court?On and on.NBA, you are at zero, flat on your back on the floor, with what the heck your game is about.NBA, what you have now is just a meaningless, frustrating, infuriating, noisy BLUR, and I don’t watch. Clearly you have some fantastic athleticism, but you make a near total mess out of it.So, get the rest of the game out there, and more people will watch. Maybe I will watch.

  10. Dave W Baldwin

    Thanks Fred. Neat to watch after working with some special needs kids yesterday, one of whom shot 17 for 19 from around the horn.

  11. jason wright

    why ‘Lakers’?

    1. andyswan

      Was Minneapolis Lakers for first 15 years or so.

      1. jason wright

        Minneapolis is known for its lakes? i still don’t get it.

        1. andyswan

          Minnesota is the “land of 10,000 lakes” I believe

          1. jason wright

            i see. is that were Swedish immigrants settled? The Viking helmet and horns?

    2. Mike Zamansky

      Proximity to lake Superior? I’ve been told that the boats that crossed the great lakes were referred to as “lakers.”

  12. Drew Meyers

    I’ve never been much of a Kobe fan, but respect that he is an amazing player who had an amazing career. Glad to see him go out this way.

    1. Jeannie Buss

      No a bit correct. Look where the lakers are now. He screwed the Lakers future. Lakers won’t be the same for the next 20 years.

  13. creative group

    Contributors:barely had the time to post this. NBA Playoffs.Kobe Bryant was one of the modern times best competitor’s. Period! From a pure Knick man who cares only about the Knicks, Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Liberty.Back to the NBA Playoffs.Jim Mora (Classic)

  14. Steve Flagg

    One of my board members has had 10th row center court tickets for the Lakers for the past 30 years. It was my good fortune that the night Kobe scored 81 he was out of town and gave me his tickets. It was one of the all time great performances in NBA history with Kobe scoring 55 second-half points. He shot 60.3% from the field on 46 shots and went 18-20 from the line.

  15. george

    It was magical show, and the perfect closing script in what should be described as an exceptional Career! Moving forward, it’s really hard to look across the roster of young players in the NBA today and really say, they are cut from this cloth of basketball greatness! I think you’re right Steph Curry is the future but I hope his game evolves, more than just offense; the truly great ones play both ends of the court and provide the same elite effort! Mamba gave everything he had on the floor, few are that committed!!!

    1. Jeannie Buss

      sorry yo.this is the real kobe you didn’t know…

      1. george

        You’re No Jeanie Buss! Kobe didn’t ruin the franchise, in fact, big ticket free agents and fans love the way the Laker organization demonstrated their loyalty to their all-time Franchise Player!The real Jeanie Buss is a class act, LA love’s the Buss Family and nobody cares about Whitlock’s causeless comments…7 NBA Final Appearances, and 5 Rings in 20 years!Mamba delivered on Laker ROI!

  16. jeffgrillo

    Kobe will be missed even though I am a Blazer fan and therefore I have to dislike the Lakers. I really do like the loyalty of Kobe, as stated below. It would be something if my Blazers made it past the 2nd round of the playoffs to compete against the great GSW led by Curry.