Kobe Bryant will play his final NBA game on Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz and celebrities are starting to send their farewells.
Former Lakers player Derek Fisher posted a lengthy goodbye essay expressing that without Kobe, there is no Fisher.
“Honestly, it’s really tough for me to come up with the words to describe what Kobe’s exit represents. Just hearing him earlier this season say he was done with the game affected me emotionally,” Fisher wrote. “In some ways — even more than my own retirement — the end of Kobe’s 20-year playing career represents the end of a significant part of my life, a part that otherwise would not have existed without him. Without his presence and his greatness.”
Brandy shared this special message on Instagram:
“I still believe that you have so much left in you, I not only believe it, I know it!!! I wish today wasn’t real. I encourage you to let go and Let God tonight! We are all so very proud of you Bean, you have NOTHING to prove!!! You’re The Greatest!!!!! There will never be another like you. God Bless you and your family.”
Former Lakers player Magic Johnson penned an emotional letter to Bryant, writing:
“Every night you played, I couldn’t wait to watch knowing that I would witness an unbelievable shot or move that I had never seen on the court. I marveled at the skills and loved the energy you brought to the game wearing that purple and gold uniform. You never disappointed the city, Laker fans, and basketball fans worldwide. All you cared about was winning games and championships and that’s why so many people love you.”
Rapper Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to the soon to be retired champion with a special track written by Scoop Jackson,
“How do empires last when there’s no longer an emperor?” Kendrick asks in the ESPN clip while the music from “Untitled 7 (Levitate)” plays in the background. “I mean, we got you, but at the same time, we got you. Your blood, your sweat, your tears, and even your DNA is placed in these L.A. concretes, man. Nothing will ever replace that or erase that. Forever great in our hearts. With that being said, know that it’s never goodbye. It’s simply respect due…forever.”
The Staples Center will be flooded with fans as they say good by to the athlete who spent 20 years of his career with the Angeles Lakers. Bryant announced his retirement back in November with a touching poem titled, Dear Basketball.
“This season is all I have left to give,” he wrote. “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye … And that’s OK. I’m ready to let you go.”
The Lakers have the home court advantage against the Jazz tonight at 7:30 pm PST.
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