April 13, 2016 will go down as the greatest single night in NBA history. The world saw one of the greatest sports competitors of all time, Kobe Bryant, not only go out as a winner, but he did it in retro-Kobe style. You know, Kobe with the fro! For a player to have suffered the numerous amount of season-ending injuries, in consecutive years at the latter stages of his career, and still be able to go out the same way we all saw him come in, is nothing short of unbelievable, I mean I know we were in L.A., but hollywood couldn’t have written anything close to this good! Kobe saved his best for last, because on a night when not just Laker Nation, but the entire WORLD was watching something special, Kobe gave us only a show that Kobe Bryant could give. 60 points, not 20, 30 or even 40, but this man dropped 60 points in his final career game and the Lakers won.
Meanwhile in Oakland, there was a team playing a game that had historical value as well, as they looked to break the ’96 Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in the 2nd spot for single-season wins. The Warriors have been damn near unbeatable and after only beating the Grizzlies by 1 point last week, they came out tonight with a point to prove and a record to break, and they did just that, behind Stephen Curry’s 46 pts and 10-19 from 3. Golden State is on a mission and they’re playing like the greatest collective group assembled in NBA history.
The parallels were amazing, the Warriors looking to break the ’96 Bulls record and Kobe Bryant is part of the ’96 NBA Draft class. Life has a way of coming full circle. Kobe Bryant is the last of a dying breed in the NBA. You still have a KG, Paul Pierce and even Dirk Nowitzki, but we all know they pale in comparison to Kobe “Bean” Bryant.
April 13, 2016, the greatest night in NBA history. Never has there been a single night with this much history and meaning in the same state at the same time!
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