Farewell to Kobe Bryant
Added On April 22, 2016
NBA legendary star Kobe Bryant played his last game Wednesday night after which he is officially retired. Thousands of Kobe fans gathered outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles hours before the game began.
Many of the fans dressed in Kobe's shirt, forming a sea of Lakers' signature purple and yellow color.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): WEIPING ZHANG, basketball commentator
This is Kobe's last game. It's a farewell. It's the very last chance to see Kobe playing in NBA. At the same time, the Warriors is challenging the Bulls. No matter what the result is, there's going to be new records. But for Kobe, it is his last show. So I'm extremely excited and honored to witness this moment of history.”
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): FANGYU ZHU,Chinese basketball player
"Though it's a game in regular season, the atmosphere is as hot as the finale. I can tell that Kobe has tremendous influence here. He's in everybody's heart."
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): SHIPENG ZHANG, Chinese basketball player
"I'm thinking if we can learn something from here to make our CBA as popular as this. We should engage more entertainment spirit in it, no matter it's regular game or final game. In this way, we can attract more fans to get involved. We're expecting CBA and Chinese basketball to become better and stronger. ”
Kobe’s fans came from all over the U.S. even around the world for their idol’s grande finale. Though many of them failed to get tickets, they still seized the one last chance to get closer to Kobe.
SOUNDBITE：BAUL, Kobe fan
"He's competitive. He's fierce. He's a competitive player. He's one of the best out there."
SOUNDBITE: ANDY, Kobe fan
"I love Kobe more than I like Jordan. Because I’ve been watching Kobe playing for 20 years, but I watched Jordan only for three year. So I love Kobe much much more."
SOUNDBITE: GINA, Kobe fan
"He's the best player ever. No comparison. No comparison. No comparison to any other basketball player. It's Kobe Bryant."
Kobe played the last game of his 20-year career like it was his first, leading Lakers to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Kobe Bryant entered the National Basketball Association directly from high school. He had won five NBA championships with the Lakers while establishing himself as one of the game's greatest scorers. He is an 18-time All-Star and ranked third place on the NBA all-time scoring list.