Kobe Bryant Gets An Awesome Boxing Introduction In his Final Visit to Motown
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The Pistons announcer must have just watched “Creed” because it sounded like he was introducing a boxer when he rattled off Kobe Bryant’s resume during Bryant’s final game in Motown.
Unfortunately for Kobe he was knocked out because of a stomach flue and had to receive IV fluids after the 20 point loss to the Pistons.
“If it wasn’t my last season, I probably wouldn’t have played [Sunday], honestly,” Bryant said.
In 3 rounds (26 minutes), Bryant made just 2 of 15 shots and was just 1 of 6 from downtown. His final numbers on the night were 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assists and 3 turnovers.
“The one thing that I told him is, ‘I understand what you’re saying as far as coming here and playing because of all the people that came to see you, but I’m thinking about you, not them.” said Coach Byron Scott about Bryant playing for the crowd. “But he was like, ‘No, I got to play. I can’t come out and not play.’ So I understand where he’s coming from.”
And like a true fighter, Kobe said “If I’m walking, I’m playing” when asked about playing in his next game.
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Despite the forgettable last performance at the Palace, Bryant still has a pretty good record and lots of great memories against the Pistons – although the Pistons can still brag about being one of the two teams to win a title belt against Kobe.
“They kicked our ass.” said Bryant about the Pistons beating them in the 2004 NBA Finals.