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Kobe Bryant's final season with the Lakers

Pick up the Los Angeles Times special commemorative section on Kobe Bryant at newstands this Sunday. Great stories, photos from the past and a massive ilustration showing all 30,669 shots Bryant took in his 20 year career.

  • Kobe Bryant in shock after scoring 60 as teammates weigh in

    Kobe Bryant in shock after scoring 60 as teammates weigh in

    There was one more show from the player who once scored 81 points and, in a different game, 62 through three quarters. Kobe Bryant had 60 points in the final game of his 20-year career as the aura at Staples Center blew past "inexplicable" and moved toward "surreal." Bryant acknowledged being somewhat...

  • Kobe Bryant's fantastic finish, as told on Twitter by his peers

    Kobe Bryant's fantastic finish, as told on Twitter by his peers

    Kobe Bryant put on quite a show in his final game before retirement Wednesday night at Staples Center. Because of the late start time, many of his fellow NBA players were able to catch the action. They weren't disappointed, as Bryant put up 60 points to lead the Lakers to a 101-96 comeback victory...

  • Kobe Bryant: Where does he rank among the greatest players in NBA history?

    Kobe Bryant: Where does he rank among the greatest players in NBA history?

    Kobe Bryant ended his legendary NBA career on Wednesday night by scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz. Now that his career is over, talk can turn to where he ranks in NBA history. Best player ever? Top five? Top 10? We are using our ranker tool and asking you to rank the top 15 players...

  • My 12 years covering Kobe Bryant and moving in and out of his 'circle of trust'

    My 12 years covering Kobe Bryant and moving in and out of his 'circle of trust'

    The big delivery of newspapers was stacked neatly outside the hotel door. It was October 2004, when the paper product was still more important than anything online, the assemblage of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and San Diego Union-Tribune obviously for...

  • How Kobe's game worked (and how it didn't)

    How Kobe's game worked (and how it didn't)

    After we mapped all 30,699 of Kobe Bryant's shots from his 20-year career, readers were curious about how the Laker star's shot chart matched up against other players. Using the same data from stats.nba.com (which goes back to 1996) and an open-source program called Ballr, we made charts that illustrate...

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