Story By: Richard Thomas
Photos By: Sol Tucker
In the second official game of his farewell tour, as expected, every time Kobe touched the ball; the crowd was Ooooh-ing and Ahhhh-ing begging him to shoot. Kobe did not disappoint. The Black Mamba hit 2-3 shots to begin and scored seven points in the first quarter.
“I thought everybody hated me,” Bryant said through a beaming smile after his final game in Washington. “It’s really cool, man.”
“We are all just having fun and going out there and trying to play with the right energy,” Bryant said. “It seems like it has pumped some life into us.”
Said Wizards guard John Wall, who had 34 points and 11 assists: “We knew it was going to be that type of atmosphere. That’s what it’s going to be like wherever he goes.”
Bryant finished 10 of 24 from the floor and appeared to turn back time in the last of his team’s four games in five days, shaking off a cold stretch to hit a string of critical shots in the waning minutes.