7 weeks. At the end of 7 weeks, we will and these 2 fans, who quit their jobs in Italy to follow Kobe’s final season, will never see another Kobe Bryant dunk, fadeaway jumper, game-winner or hyped up match-up in the NBA. Actually, Kobe joked with a fan during his final game in Chicago “Dude, I would if I could” when a fan asked him to dunk one more time.
He didn’t get the dunk on Sunday, but he did score a team-high 22 points in 27 minutes during a 115-126 loss to his former teammate Pau Gasol, 2011 MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls. He also had some amusing answers for the media about his history against the Bulls before and after the game.
ON PAU GASOL
“That’s the last time I’m going to face him. That’s weird … unless we play pick-up ball in Barcelona somewhere.”
PLAYING IN CHICAGO
“It’s always been different from the first time I played here. There’s such an air. You can feel the electricity in the building, to feel the championships and the history.”
BEST MEMORY AGAINST JORDAN
“Getting schooled for a baseline dunk the first time I faced him. That was pretty cool. It really was. I knew he was going to do it because I had seen him do it so many times. But the timing is different on TV and in the game.”