As Kobe Bryant dropped a fashionable 60-piece in his last-ever game, Jordan Clarkson discloses how the team was setting up illegal screens for the Mamba to get open shots.
Kobe Bryant was one of the all-time greats to play the game. His work ethic and dedication was unparalleled and has inspired millions around the world.
In his 20-year-long career, the Mamba had numerous great moments. Scoring 81 points in a single game, scoring 62 points in three quarters, winning a three-peat, were a few highlights. Although, one of the greatest feats came at his very last NBA game.
Back in 2016, Kobe was playing the last-ever season of his incredible illustrious career. On April 13th, the Black Mamba played his farewell game against the Utah Jazz. The dominant scorer that Kobe had been his whole life, managed to score a whopping 60-point performance.
It was such a majestic performance by the Hall-Of-Famer who was knocking down most of his shots. Former Laker Jordan Clarkson revealed how the team was setting illegal screens to allow Kobe to get easy shots to let him score the insane number of points he did. Clarkson revealed:
“Oh, it was illegal as s***. I think the whole world is Kobe fans. Either you love or you hate him, but at the end of the day, you’re still a fan of what he does. I think the refs even let some things slide during that game.”
Kobe Bryant left the game as one of the most influential players ever
Kobe’s last game was a celebration. Celebrities came to witness the Black Mamba do his magic for the last-ever time. While putting on an insane offensive performance, Bryant also helped his team grab an improbable 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. Most of the team’s shots were taken by their MVP, who played for 42 minutes that night. It was a picture-perfect ending for the Hall-Of-Famer.
He left the game as an 18-time All-Star, 5-time NBA champ, 1-time MVP and one of the best basketball geniuses the game has ever witnessed. He definitely managed to change how the game was played.
Kobe’s impact on the game went much beyond what the stats suggested. Today, even years after his retirement and sad passing, the world still preaches the “Mamba Mentality” he instilled in all his fans.