It was tough watching Kobe Bryant play his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers tonight but...
Kobe scored 60 points and led the Lakers to a win over the Utah Jazz for the 1st time in the season. He made the winning shot to exit a winner!)
I've been a Laker fan for over a half century and had the honor of watching legendary players like Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, Bob McAdoo, Magic Johnson, Karrem Abdul Jabbar, Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich, Shaquille O'Neil, Eddie Jones, Bryon Scott, and...
now Kobe Bryant.
I've always considered him an exceptional player, but I didn't always like Kobe the man.
He wasn't a player I would have approached for an autograph; unlike Kurt Rambis who gave me one during the Laker's preseason workouts at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California.
It was only at the end of his career - the last three years specifically - that Kobe started showing signs he was not such a bad guy afterall.
Age will do that. The Black Mamba got reflective as injuries sidelined him the last three seasons.
I expect to see Kobe in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has a lock on it. After tonight's game against the Utah Jazz, Kobe will have a lock on becoming a legend in his own time!
Time for me to walk on down the road...