Basketball will never be the same again.
After playing in the NBA for 20 years, Los Angeles Lakers star player Kobe Bryant's stellar career has come to an end. #MambaDay a.ka. Kobe’s final NBA game, a game against the Utah Jazz where he scored 60 points in a win for the Lakers, brought about a mix of emotions for the die-hard fans, among which are Hollywood celebrities.
Check out how Kobe’s prominent fans paid homage to him on the last NBA game of his 20-year career:
Flea, bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, played the US National Anthem using his bass guitar:
Hip hop royalty Kanye West, who recently had a concert in the Philippines, arrived at the stadium in a customized crewneck shirt commemorating #MambaDay.
Also present during Kobe’s last game are football star David Beckham, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, model Behati Prinsloo, American actor Jack Nicholson, hip hop artists Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, and Kobe’s former Lakers teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Lamar Odom.
American actor Zac Efron, who was not in Staples Center for Kobe’s last game, rocked Kobe’s latest signature shoes on #MambaDay:
In the local scene, radio DJ Rico Robles wrote this message on his Instagram post:
Always an inspiration when it comes to your work ethic, your constant drive on improving on all aspects of the game.. often misunderstood with the drive that fuels you ,that competitive nature that fueled Jordan ,it was all about winning , inspiring and even to a brink of pushin his teammates to a level of what we call #mambamentality , he was known for his defense,scoring,ability to take over,make the baskets when they matter,and what often not seen,is his passing ..Kobe showed loyalty, motivated his team when they bottomed after shaq was traded to Miami,won again with Pau gasol and company ,even to your last playing day,when shaq challenged you to drop 50points,you made 60pts Salamat Kobe , Kobe Bryant you are a true motivation to me ,since day W and I was too young at the time of the Jordan era,but I was sure lucky to witness the Kobe era.. #loyalty #mambamentality #hardworkdedication #heart #kobebryant @kobebryant
Liza Soberano showed some appreciation for Kobe’s storied career on Instagram as well:
20 years later, it is officially #MambaOut for Kobe, but there's no denying how he has eternally shaped the world of basketball.
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Banner Photograph from Kobe Bryant's Official Facebook page.