It only took a few seconds until Kobe Bryant launched and made a 3-pointer during his final game against the Pelicans on Friday night. Swish! Could it be one of those nights? A night where Kobe “turns back the hands of time?”
Then he missed his next 3. Then a few minutes later he blew past a defender and missed a wide-open layup! OK, never mind.
But, Kobe kept shooting and finished the quarter with an impressive 14 points – the most he’s scored in a quarter this season.
So it could be one of those nights, right?
Yes and no. He didn’t score another point in the game and only played 22 minutes in the loss but from the cheers of the New Orleans crowd, he won the game.
“It has been amazing,” said Bryant, who was given a standing ovation by the home team’s crowd. “I seriously couldn’t ask for anything else, or anything more. It’s unbelievable to have these reactions.”
Well, not everybody was so happy about the home crowd making Bryant’s 4th to last game of his career such a memorable one.
“It’s a home game and seeing the whole stadium is in gold and purple is kind of annoying so it gets you going,” said Alexis Ajinca, who had career highs with 28 points and 15 boards. “He’s still a great legend and now he’s leaving the game, but at the end of the day, this is still our home.”
I guess it’s no surprise Alexis wasn’t in the New Orleans tribute video but i’m assuming the reason why is because he wasn’t asked.