“Yearly Cry Anniversary”: Months After ‘Outlandish’ Kobe Bryant-LeBron James News, NBA Fans Mull Over Black Mamba’s Historic Night

Published 04/13/2023, 3:00 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant was one of the most loved and talented players in the NBA league. The sudden demise of the Lakers star left thousands around the globe saddened and heartbroken. He had named himself the ‘Black Mamba’ and rightfully so, given all of his achievements in the league. The late NBA superstar played his last game seven years ago today and fans cannot help but reminisce about the historic night.

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The night to remember comes months after a piece of ‘outlandish’ news about Bryant and King James came out.

Seven-year anniversary of his momentous final game has fans nostalgic for Kobe Bryant

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‘The Black Mamba’ was one the best scorers in NBA history. The former player not only did justify his reputation in his final game before retirement but also upheld the respect and love every basketball fan has for the sport in his retirement announcement.

Seven years after the legendary night fans find themselves heavy-hearted and missing the Lakers star. The final game was noteworthy of his 20-season-long career in the league. A fan even called it their “yearly cry anniversary.”

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The 18-time NBA All-Star had earned the respect of all of his fellow players in the league and his jersey numbers 8 and 24 too were retired by the Lakers after his demise.

Bryant’s dunking contest against LeBron James

A couple of months ago during the All-Star weekend, fans globally were enraged by an unusual news report about Bryant and James. The report revealed that the two players were once offered a million dollars each to engage in a dunking contest during the All-Star weekend but both declined the offer.

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The revelation enraged the fans when they found out, as they felt the superstars were lowballed on the offer.

While the two definitely are worth a lot more, here’s how the fans are reacting to the clip shared by Bleacher Report from Bryant’s final NBA game.

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Kobe Bryant will forever be missed and he certainly made sure of it. Rest in Peace, Black Mamba!

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Ishpreet Kaur

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Ishpreet Kaur is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in Arts from the University of British Columbia, Ishpreet has developed a deep understanding of the intricacies of storytelling and writing. Her passion for the Toronto Raptors and their championship run in 2019 is evident in her writing, but she also brings a unique perspective to her coverage of the NBA as a whole.
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