Kobe Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, will become the 10th LA Lakers player to have his number retired.
Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, delivered a Hollywood ending as the curtain came down on his glittering 20-year NBA career on Wednesday in a fairytale finale
Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion who has announced he will retire this year after the conclusion of his 20th season, had paced fan voting for All-Star starters for weeks, despite his own on-court struggles and those of the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday. The third-leading scorer in NBA history wrote a poem entitled "Dear Basketball" to announce his decision.
The rings sold for more than $100,000 each, while six other items of Bryant memorabilia sold for a combined $433,531 in the month-long auction.
The San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst home NBA playoff loss in club history on Friday, crushing the injury-hit Lakers 120-89 to push them to the brink of elimination.
Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 47 points as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled closer to a playoff berth with a 113-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Bryant is fourth on the all-time NBA scoring charts, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan.
Bryant is widely known and extremely popular in China. The Los Angeles Lakers star has several fan pages on Sina Weibo. a website in China's social media circle.
At Los Angeles, Dwight Howard had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and Kobe Bryant also scored 31 points as the Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-88 for their second straight win after a six-game skid.
The Clippers maintained NBA bragging rights in Los Angeles by beating their co-tenants, the Lakers, on Friday, surviving a last quarter comeback to win 107-102.
The Los Angeles Lakers player ended his holdout and set up an account on the social media network Friday, tweeting: "The antisocial has become social."
The Los Angeles Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month as Kobe Bryant scored 34 points to lead a 111-98 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points in the NBA on Wednesday as he helped the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
The revitalized Los Angeles Lakers ran past the Houston Rockets 119-108 on Sunday for their fourth victory in five games since firing coach Mike Brown.
The Los Angeles Lakers responded to coach Mike Brown's firing earlier on Friday with an emphatic 101-77 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Michael Jordan said there's no way Kobe Bryant and this year's USA Olympic basketball team could've beaten the 1992 Dream Team.
The LeBron James-Kevin Durant duel has been terrific. The NBA Finals have been tense. The series between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder is shaping up as a long one as it shifts to South Florida tied at one game apiece.