After Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant announced his decision to retire by the end of the season, fans all over the world had been grieving but in the end, we all know that no matter what he does, even if he retires, his legacy will remain and nobody can top that.
Bryant, who grew up in the humble state of Pennsylvania, returned to his hometown in Philadelphia one last time this morning before the end of the season for a match with the 76ers (the match ended with Sixers winning 103-91).
The 6’6 shooting guard had spent most of his time being educated outside of Philadelphia in Lower Merion High School. It was during that time Bryant earned national recognition for his sheer skills. He was named Pennsylvania Player of The Year during his junior year. It was also the place where he took singer Brandy to his senior prom.
Before the match, Bryant was the last player in the Lakers’ starting line-up to be announced and the crowed cheered loudly for him, chanting “Kobe!” non-stop.
Despite having wishes of a not so formal retirement, those plans were out of the circle when Bryant was brought to the centre court where he was presented a framed No. 24 Lower Merion jersey from Dr. J and his high school coach. The Sixers even put up a tribute video for him, honouring his days in the industry, and most of all, for representing Philadelphia to become one the world’s most renowned players.
Here’s a short video of his entrance from NBA’s official Twitter:
Kobe Bryant says Goodbye to Philadelphia, through the lens of our slo-mo #PhantomCam!https://t.co/bE3c988rT6
— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2015
And here is the tribute video prepared by the Sixers: