Kobe Bryant: Don't wish Jazz to get it simple 'at all' in my final game

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:14 PM

Has Bryant looked forward to that final game, April thirteen against the UT Jazz, and imagined what it'll be like? "I attempt not to do it too much," Bryant said Wednesday night, "and just create yourself emotional." He added: "Just showing up and playing.

Kobe Bryant: Don't wish Jazz to get it simple 'at all' in my final game

LOS ANGELES -- The following time Lakers icon Kobe Bryant appears on the Staples Middle court, it'll be for the final game of his NBA career.

Has Bryant looked forward to that final game, April thirteen against the UT Jazz, and imagined what it'll be like?

"I attempt not to do it too much," Bryant said Wednesday night, "and just create yourself emotional."

He added: "Just showing up and playing. Showing up and playing and hoping my body feels beautiful damn excellent and I can obtain up and down the floor and running freely and play this game at the highest level of contest one more time."

His preparation for that final game, he said, will stay the same.

"I won't authorize it to be any different," said Bryant, thirty-seven, who's retiring after twenty NBA seasons. "One more time and go through same routine. Same grouping of people. One more time."

Could Bryant imagine a perfect sort of ending? For some Lakers fans, a fitting ending would be Bryant hitting a game-winning shot. He wouldn't mind that outcome, but he wishes for a different send-off.

"Yeah, win a championship," he said, "[but] that s--- ain't happening, so there you go. That'south done. The dream'south done. Dream'south done. For me, it'south coming out and playing in front of the fans and competing tough and playing against Utah, and them not taking it simple at all. They beat us by like forty the latest few times we played them. So I expect them to arrive and attempt to do the same thing.

"To me, that'south the greatest form of competition. That'south best latest game you can have -- a very competitive one, a physical one. That's the way basketball should be. In terms of the end, I don't know, man. I really don't think about that that much; I just love the game itself."

He'south not sure what his emotions will be that night.

"When the time comes, you never know," Bryant said. "[I] might be sitting here with tears flowing out of my eyes. I doubt it, but it could happen. I don't know. We'll see."

Fans' emotions were high during Wednesday'south penultimate residence game, and Bryant could sense it. He checked out in the final min of the 91-81 loss to the LA Clippers to a roaring standing ovation, with fans chanting his title as loudly and for as long as they've at any point this season.

"This is the next-to-last game ever in this building. It'south beautiful crazy," said Bryant, who scored a game-high seventeen points on 6-of-19 shooting in nearly twenty-eight minutes. "So I certainly can perceive it. As soon as you running out at the start of the game, I could perceive it."

Added Bryant: "I can feel it, and it feels beautiful damn awesome. Going through the years of losing and not leaving [the Lakers] makes it all worthwhile standing here and taking the excellent with the horrible and the fans embracing that and understanding that we ride together. That'south a like that you can't break."

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