The Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour Kicked Off In His Home Town Of Philadelphia On Tuesday (Videos)
Philadelphia has never been particularly kind to Kobe Bryant during his 20-year NBA career. But that’s just because he ruined the 76ers magical playoff run in the 2001 NBA Finals. And because they wished the hometown kid played for the hometown team. But deep down, like everybody else, they always respected the guy.
Of course, as you probably know, over the weekend Kobe announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season. And on Monday the Lakers traveled to Philly for their first road game since the announcement. So the 76ers and their fans kicked off the Kobe Bryant farewell tour in style.
First the team ran this classy tribute to the Black Mamba on the Wells Fargo Center video board:
Then they brought out Sixers legend Julius Irving and Kobe’s high school coach, Greg Downer, who presented him with a framed Lower Merion jersey:
And finally, to cap it all off, the Philadelphia fans gave Kobe a rousing ovation during the player introductions:
— NBA (@NBA) December 2, 2015
Unfortunately, if the Derek Jeter farewell tour is any indication, we’re all going to be pretty sick and tired of this sh*t come April. But right now it’s pretty sweet.
Well done, Sixers.
Hat Tip – [Uproxx]