Remembering 2016 Sports: Kobe Bryant

Fairy tale ending for Kobe

 (Christina House / For The Times)
(Christina House / For The Times)

Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game. He has never cheated us as fans.

Magic Johnson

In April, Kobe Bryant played the final game of his 20-year Lakers career , ending an era with five championships, 18 All-Star game appearances and way too many outsiders’ opinions, pro or con, to ever tally.

His 1,556th and last box score showed a stunning 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting in a 101-96 Lakers victory over the Utah Jazz. But the raucous crowd couldn’t care less about the final score, cheering with piercing volume every time Bryant scored during his 42 minutes.

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