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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will retire after this season. We have all of the news, reaction and analysis covered, and we’ll break down what 20 years of the Mamba has meant to the NBA.
Kobe announces 20th season is his last
Kobe Bryant announced he will retire after this season in a written piece on the Players’ Tribune website, saying that “this season is all I have left to give.”
Pelton: Why Kobe is not a top-10 player
Where does Kobe Bryant stand among the all-time NBA greats? Kevin Pelton analyzes his rank. Story »
Stats & Info: Kobe’s statistical legacy
Kobe Bryant will be remembered at his peak as a great scorer, tenacious defender and a winner. We run through his most impressive numbers. Story »
We have lived incredible moments together on and off the court. Thanks for everything brother! @kobebryant #ThankYouKobe
Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 30, 2015
Athletes, celebs react to Kobe’s retirement
A number of NBA players, other athletes and celebrities saluted the Mamba as he said goodbye. Story »
Scott thought Kobe had at least ‘another year in him’
Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant’s decision to retire shows he’s come to grips with the fact that “he’s not the same player.” Story »
Kupchak Q&A on Kobe: Surprised by timing of announcement
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says he knew all along that this would be Kobe Bryant’s final season, but Sunday’s news still caught him off guard. Story »
MORE KOBE FROM THE ARCHIVES
Abbott: Is Kobe the reason for the Lakers’ downfall?
He is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Lakers’ franchise. He is also destroying it from within, Henry Abbott writes. Story »
What if the Nets had drafted Kobe?
Just suppose the New Jersey Nets had drafted Kobe Bryant instead of Kerry Kittles in 1996? Here’s what could have happened, Ohm Youngmisuk writes. Story »
From The Mag: Kobe, the movie
From 2013: Traditionally, 15 is the crystal anniversary. Our gift to you: We enlisted Hollywood writers to gaze into their crystal balls and tell the life of Bryant, from Italy to a final meeting with MJ. Story »
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