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Kobe Bryant Had the Most Epic, Celeb-Filled Final Game Ever
Gigi Hadid, Kanye West, and more pay tribute to the L.A. Lakers legend.
Kobe Bryant played the final game of his career on Wednesday, April 13, and he definitely went out in style. The five-time NBA champion scored 60 points during the game, the sixth 60-point game of his career and the most points scored by a player in a final regular-season game, according to ESPN. Kobe helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a comeback victory of 101 to 96 over the Utah Jazz and cemented his place in history as an NBA legend.
Plenty of famous fans cheered Kobe on at the Staples Center Wednesday night, including Jack Nicholson, Jay Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, and Adam Levine with his wife Behati Prinsloo, ET reports.
Several Lakers legends also praised the 18-time All-Star.
Bella Hadid was also spotted sitting courtside with her beau The Weeknd, according to The Daily Mail. Her sister Gigi Hadid sent her love to Kobe via Instagram Wednesday. "Growing up a #KOBE fan made me want to be a great athlete and a great sports fan: two things that have brought so much joy to my life," she captioned a photo of her 11-year-old self celebrating her birthday party at a Lakers game. "Emotional tonight #8 #24 Thank you for 20 years!"
Of course, you didn't have to be in the stands to feel the electricity and emotion of Kobe's final game, as these celebs demonstrate.
After the game, Kobe gave a heartfelt and epic speech to the crowd at the Staples Center, which you can watch in full, below. "No words can describe how I feel about you guys. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God, I love you guys," he said before delivering the biggest mic drop ever. "What can I say? Mamba out."
We're sure going to miss Kobe holding court. This sporty moment from The Real Housewives of Potomac cast is sure to cheer you up though.