The Raptors managed to secure a win from the Lakers at the ACC Monday night. Yesterday evening’s game was especially eventful not only for the team’s victory but also because it would be Kobe Bryant’s last time playing against the Raptors.
Last night’s game was an opportunity to watch Bryant play his final game in the city, and Torontonians were definitely feeling the love. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and chanted “We Want Kobe” during last night’s game. Fans also took to Twitter to express their disappointment about missing the game, and to bid farewell to Kobe Bryant.
Bryant announced that he will be retiring from professional basketball after the end of this season. This year will mark his 20th season with the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers, the only team in the NBA for which he has played. He was initially drafted by the Charlotte Hornets but was quickly traded to the Lakers.
The 37 year old shooting guard, who holds five NBA championship titles, announced his imminent departure with a poem on The Players’ Tribune. In the poem he explains that while his heart and mind remain committed to basketball, his body cannot stay in the game forever. His tweet to the piece, titled “Dear Basketball”, was shared over 100,000 times.
The Raptors won 102-93 against the Lakers.
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