It?s true. Kobe Bryant is finally retiring after this season. The Black Mamba announced his retirement Sunday in a poem he wrote and officially published in the Players? Tribune. Of course by this time you might have read his poem countless of times. But to remember Kobe even more and take your breath away, here are some of the best games and best seasons for Kobe Bryant from Bleacher Report:
Game: Los Angeles Lakers (99) vs. Houston Rockets (94)
Stats: 45 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 20-of-26 shooting, 1-of-1 three-pointers, 4-of-6 free throws
A game for the ages, Kobe took to the basketball and performed an extremely efficient game with his 20-of-26 field goals made from the field that gave him a 77 percent shooting accuracy. And what?s more amazing is that only 14 players have had this kind of moment since 1986.
Season Stats: 24.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.1 APG, 43.8% FG
This 2003-04 season would probably be in the top ten best season for the star of the Los Angeles Lakers, based on the player efficiency rankings (PER). The team had acquired players that made them favorites to bring home the crown with the addition of Karl Malone and Gary Payton in the lineup. But unfortunately, during the last push for the championship, Kobe didn?t perform well enough to bring home the trophy.
Game: Los Angeles Lakers (119) vs. Seattle Supersonics (98)
Stat: 45 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 16-28 shooting, 12-of-18 three-pointers, 1-of-1 free throws
12 three-pointers in a game is a feat that would definitely be a surprise especially when you?re playing in the most competitive basketball association in the world. This performance from Kobe granted him in the spot for most threes in NBA history and would become a defining moment for him to become one of the greatest players to ever play the game.
Season Stats: 31.6 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.4 APG, 46.3% FG
Some of would remember this season where the Black Mamba mustered a whopping 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors, but for the better part of it, the players efficiency ranking marked this season as Kobe?s third-best.
Game: Los Angeles Lakers (122) vs. Toronto Raptors (104)
Stat: 81 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 1 block, 28-of-46 shooting, 7-of-13 three-pointers, 18-of-20 free throws
Nobody could have imagined a game where Kobe would put up over 81 points in an amazing win against the Toronto Raptors. This is definitely a moment that everyone who was at the stadium and watching at their TV screens won?t forget.
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