Today Kobe Bryant will play his last game against the Utah Jazz and it's going to be very memorable.
I don't know much about basketball or any sport for that matter. My brother is obsessed with basketball so what I do know comes from all of our conversations together or through osmosis of just being around him. I'm the only sister he has that won't change the channel when he has Sportscenter on or when he's watching a game. I still can't tell you anything about basketball and the last time I tried to score a basket, the ball bounced off the backboard and it hit my face (sad times). But I do understand the historic and memorable moment of watching Kobe's last game.
It truly is the end of an era. Bryant is very deserving of adoration on his way out. So if you are going to be watching the game tonight, here are 3 things to watch for:
1. A star-studded affair: Every celebrity will be at this thing and it will be fiun to see who is sitting at the sidelines (Jack Nicolson and Leo have to be a must!). There will be video montages on top of video montages. The Lakers made the decision to make this entire season about Kobe, and this will be the culmination of that effort. Expect cameos from other NBA stars, celebrities, and Lakers greats in a never-ending conga line of appreciation for the Black Mamba.
2. The Jazz actually are playing for something: There are real stakes in this game. The Utah Jazz need a win to secure the playoffs. The Lakers are playing for the pride of sending Kobe out with a bang!
3. All of the shots: The Lakers have openly said their objective is to get Bryant the ball. This is his final game, the last time he'll ever be on an NBA court. He's going to make shots like he's never made shots before. You're going to see Bryant with absolutely no regard for anything.
I loved the news article the L.A. Times did on Kobe's 10 most memorable moments (click on the link to view it) and lastly here's a video of the number 1 memorable moment for alot of his fans (mine especially!) of him playing my home team, Toronto Raptors and making 81 points,
"My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye.
"And that's OK. I'm ready to let you go."