‘We Miss You’: Klay Thompson Recollects a Kobe Bryant Memory From a Special Lakers Vs Warriors Game

January 16, 2021 12:56 pm

Everyone remembers the last time Kobe Bryant took his daughter Gianna to watch an NBA game. It was December 29, 2019, and Kobe was there to support the Lakers from the stands. However, very few people remember the time when Kobe played his final career game in Oakland, California. 

Kobe Bryant announced his retirement on November 29, 2015 and called the curtain on a glorious career. He bid adieu in style as he scored a career-high 60 points against the Utah Jazz and hung up his sneakers for good. But his last game in Oakland was also very special.

Klay Thompson remembered the last time Kobe Bryant played the Warriors

Klay Thompson recently posted a picture where he, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green were greeting Kobe Bryant. It was a January 15 game back in 2016. The Black Mamba was playing his farewell game at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors came out victorious in the game as Curry scored 26 points (8 three-pointers), while Klay Thompson added another 12 points. 

It was a special game because Kobe was playing his 33rd, the highest number of regular-season games in the Bay Area by an active player. He was playing with a sore right shoulder and a right Achilles tendon strain.

As a result, Kobe played just 27 minutes and managed only 8 points, 6 rebs, and 3 assists. Still, the crowd made his day memorable as they chanted his name and the Warriors also honored his presence.

The other things that made the game memorable

It was a unique season for both teams. GSW posted an all-time best 73-9 regular-season record, while the Lakers registered a franchise-low 17-65 record the same year. Still, it was the Lakers that defeated GSW twice that season.

For Kobe, the Warriors were probably his favorite opponent because he had 1800 career points against them, the most against any of his opponents. Also, he enjoyed a 28-point career-average at the Oracle Arena. 

Moreover, stars like Charles Woodson (Heisman Trophy winner), Derek Carr (Raiders), and Bob Melvin (Athletic manager) were present in the crowd to pay tribute to the Mamba. They ensured that Kobe held his head high for all the entertaining moments he had blessed upon the city over the years.

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Sourabh Singh

Sourabh Singh is an author for Essentially Sports who begun contributing in July 2020 as a UFC writer but soon transitioned to the NBA, his greater love. Previously a Managing Editor, he chose to instead pursue Sports Management. Today, he is following his passion by actively participating in marathons, playing Lawn Tennis, and penning NBA articles.

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