As you may have heard once or twice over the last few days, Wednesday night’s L.A. Lakers game against the Utah Jazz marks the last game of Kobe Bryant’s 20-year career.
The fanfare leading up to it has been momentous not only for Southern Californians but also for sports fans worldwide. Sentiment has poured in on social media from across the world throughout the day, with athletes such as Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, sports teams such as Barcelona and fans alike paying homage to the Lakers star through the hashtag #MambaDay.
Nike published a spot of the the 18-time All Star as an orchestra conductor in an arena of adoring and unruly fans, including Phil Jackson and Rasheed Wallace. The video echoes a common theme throughout Nike’s campaigns and Bryant’s own career: love and hate.
This last season was hard for Lakers fans to watch, as the aged version of Kobe wasn’t the same player he once was. Remember him for what he was, not what he is now.
Here’s some of the best Kobe moments over the years: