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

There was one more show from the player who once scored 81 points in a game and, a different time, 62 through three quarters.

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.

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

Kobe Bryant's finale is well done: 60 points and a Lakers win

The grainy video clip popped up on the Staples Center scoreboard toward the start of Wednesday's pregame festivities.

Kobe Bryant goes out shots blazing in magical finish, even for him

He didn't walk away, he flew away, on the wings of legend, through the clouds of Hollywood, with a final act unmatched in Los Angeles sports history.

Lakers' win transforms Kobe Bryant's send-off from scripted to spectacular

The farewell for Kobe Bryant felt contrived until the player scored 60 points in a magical Lakers win, Dylan Hernandez writes.

Jerry West didn't need much time to make up his mind about Kobe Bryant

It has become a mythical tale, one that grows in importance whenever the talk turns to Kobe Bryant's legendary workout for the Lakers in 1996 and exactly how

Lakers' roster will look a lot different next season

Now that Kobe Bryant has retired, what will the Lakers' roster look like without him?

Fashionably late L.A. arrived early for Kobe's farewell party

The throng had grown to dizzying proportions by late afternoon, thousands upon thousands pressed shoulder-to-shoulder outside Staples Center. David Tsoy stood

Kobe Bryant's former teammates call him 'serious competitor' and 'the best'

All of them came to celebrate and honor former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant's last game: A Hollywood ending for a Los Angeles legend

Kobe Bryant finished with 60 points in his final game of his career, leading the Lakers to an improbable win 101-96 over the Utah Jazz. Photos: Kobe Bryant's road to retirement Interactive: What readers say about Kobe's legacy

Kobe Bryant isn't the only NBA icon to limp into retirement

The journey Kobe Bryant has been on for 20 years as one of the best ever to play in the NBA will reach its conclusion Wednesday night at Staples Center.

10 memorable moments from Kobe Bryant's 20-year NBA career

On Wednesday Kobe Bryant will play in his final game, finishing his 20th season with the Lakers. Here is a look at 10 of the key moments over Bryant's memorable

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist (and Lakers fan) Flea sees a kindred spirit in Kobe Bryant

Michael Balzary remembers seeing the teenage basketball player for the first time at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, red carpet and all.

Kobe Bryant to get his name on a Metro station -- for one day only

For Kobe Bryant's final game Wednesday as a Los Angeles Laker, he's unseating a towering figure in California's history: Pio Pico.

Kobe Bryant's final road game is just another bum trip for Lakers, who lose by 33 in Oklahoma City

If nothing else, this will always be the last place Kobe Bryant appeared in a playoff game.

Kobe Bryant, who was almost a Bull, has fond memories but no more rivalry with Michael Jordan

Those were harrowing days for the Lakers in the unsettling spring and summer of 2007.

Kobe chronicles: Tim Duncan says there was 'no emotion' when facing Bryant a final time

Spurs center Tim Duncan isn¿t sad he played Kobe Bryant for the last time Saturday.

Kobe chronicles: Kevin Martin remembers his first encounter with Bryant

As Kobe Bryant plays out his 20th and final season with the Lakers, the Los Angeles Times has reached out to players, coaches and broadcasters for recollections

Nobody's got 'next' after Lakers' Kobe Bryant, whose final NBA All-Star game could be a love-fest

The old footage shows the youngest All-Star starter in NBA history walking toward center court inside Madison Square Garden. As he slaps hands with Penny

Lakers practice isn't part of Kobe Bryant's schedule these days

The preservation of Kobe Bryant continues, and at what cost to the Lakers?

Kobe Bryant produces drama and an injury in his final game against the Spurs, a 119-113 Lakers loss

If nothing else, Kobe Bryant's final game against the San Antonio Spurs was entertaining.

Kobe Bryant is enjoying the moment at his final All-Star game

Kobe Bryant had taken four questions, including two in Italian, from media members crammed around him inside a hotel ballroom when a reporter from a Toronto

Kobe Bryant's final NBA All-Star game turns into a love fest as West rolls to historic 196-173 victory

Someone actually tried to defend Kobe Bryant in his final All-Star game, refusing to step aside and yield one last magical moment. Well, sort of.

It's the end game for Kobe Bryant's career, but will the Lakers ever get started this season?

Welcome to the end of Kobe Bryant's career.

Kobe Bryant looks great in tribute video but not on court as Lakers lose his final game at San Antonio

The Kobe Bryant tribute video lasted 2 minutes 29 seconds, a sharply produced compilation with kind words from San Antonio players and Spurs Coach Gregg

Kobe Bryant gets hot then cools off in final minutes of Lakers' 89-87 loss to Pacers

It was like the good old days, Kobe Bryant heating up quickly and yanking the Lakers back into a game.

It's a love fest for Kobe Bryant at All-Star media day

Kobe Bryant had entertained four questions, including two in Italian, from the mass of about 150 media members crammed around him inside a hotel ballroom when a

Lakers offered Kobe Bryant to Cavaliers for LeBron James in 2007, report says

In 2007, the Lakers engaged the Cleveland Cavaliers in talks, offering a disgruntled Kobe Bryant for LeBron James, according to a report on

Kobe Bryant gets the cheers, but 76ers get their first win against Lakers

The latest big surprise of the Lakers' season, other than their calamitous record and Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement, came in the form of pregame

Kobe Bryant steals the show again in Lakers' win over the Pelicans

It was a fun day with plenty of parades, sunshine and good times during Mardi Gras.

Kobe Bryant's final game in San Antonio with the Lakers brings the memories flooding back

The road games are dwindling for Kobe Bryant, only 13 left before his 20-year career ends.

Lakers Coach Byron Scott can appreciate a vintage Kobe Bryant performance the day after

Lakers Coach Byron Scott said he didn't get caught up in Kobe Bryant's vintage performance Tuesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Larry Nance Jr. happy to give up his seat for Kobe Bryant

Forward Larry Nance Jr. has been a bright spot on the court for the Lakers this season, but he's still just a rookie.

Kobe Bryant sits and the Lakers fall to the Mavericks, 92-90

The Dallas Mavericks were ahead of the curve. They were beating the Lakers before it became fashionable.

Kobe Bryant recalls joy of first playing with former Laker Pau Gasol

The Lakers hope to have Kobe Bryant (sore shoulder) back on the court Thursday when the Chicago Bulls visit at Staples Center.

Kobe Bryant tells young Lakers teammates to take responsibility

Add Kobe Bryant to the list of those unhappy with the Lakers' 9-37 record.

Kobe Bryant moves up on Lakers' assist list in team's 112-95 loss to Rockets

The Lakers rarely have entertaining games anymore.

Kobe Bryant pumps up the defense, but Lakers fall to Trail Blazers, 121-103

There used to be chants of "Beat L.A Beat L.A Beat L.A" during the national anthem when Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came here in the early 2000s to play the

Kobe Bryant's last stop at Portland: usual praise and 'ultimate compliment' of boos

Before the Lakers played Portland on Saturday night, Trail Blazers Coach Terry Stotts spent his two-minute pre-game press session talking about Lakers guard

Remembering the night Kobe Bryant scored 81 points

Time flies when you score 81 points.

Byron Scott and George Karl wouldn't have allowed Kobe Bryant to score 81 points

Byron Scott and George Karl discuss Kobe Bryant's 81-point game.

Kobe Bryant is selected as an All-Star for the 18th time

Kobe Bryant was selected by fans as a starter for his 18th and final All-Star game, the NBA announced Thursday

Kobe Bryant says Lakers won't accept losing, after loss to Kings, 112-93

These are the lost games in a long-ago jettisoned season.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant offers Coach Byron Scott consoling, and counsel

Coach Byron Scott was not amused as the Lakers flew from Orlando to Dallas, leaving behind a two-point loss and unknowingly headed toward an eight-point one.

Lakers must balance development of youngsters with farewell to Kobe Bryant

Buried below the public displays of affection between Kobe Bryant and Jerry West, three younger Lakers quietly scored more than half the team's points.

Kobe Bryant third in NBA jersey sales; Lakers fourth in merchandise

In his 20th and final season, Kobe Bryant remains one of the most popular players in the NBA.

Lakers fall to Warriors again in Kobe Bryant's Oakland finale

The gifts continued to come for Kobe Bryant.

Has Kobe Bryant gone soft in his last season?

It was bad to be a trash can if Kobe Bryant was mad.

Kobe Bryant is a sitting star, Lakers are sitting ducks in dismal loss to Miami Heat

Kobe Bryant will not play all 82 games. Unfortunately, the Lakers will.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant won't commit, but this may be last trip to Madison Square Garden

Kobe Bryant will vacillate often, surely, but the question will always be in the background: Is this his final season or will he return to the Lakers for one

Lakers get a rare victory but still suffer a loss as Kobe Bryant exits early with an injury

Kobe Bryant was back Tuesday night and then he was gone again before the first half was over, his strained right Achilles' tendon too sore for him to continue

Jerry West reflects on his relationship with Kobe Bryant

It started at Inglewood High. Did it ever.

NBA disagrees with Kobe Bryant, no foul on late shot over Kevin Durant

With 13.1 seconds left in the game Friday night and the Lakers down, 115-113, to one of the NBA's best teams, Kobe Bryant drove hard to the right side of the

Kobe Bryant would be honored to be part of Lakers organization after retirement

Kobe Bryant would consider returning to the Lakers, he said Tuesday.

Kobe: It would be 'an honor' to return to Lakers in non-playing capacity

Kobe Bryant would consider returning to the Lakers, he said Tuesday.

Philadelphia fans do something different, cheer loudly for Bryant

The big first surprise of the Lakers' season, other than their 2-14 record, came in the form of pregame introductions in Philadelphia.

LeBron James blames himself for never facing Kobe Bryant in NBA Finals

Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James blames himself for depriving the NBA of a showdown between Kobe Bryant and James in the 2009 Finals.

Kobe Bryant made announcement on website Derek Jeter helped to establish

The producers at The Players' Tribune knew they had a big story when Kobe Bryant chose their small but emerging website to announce his impending retirement.

Don't expect Doc Rivers to be sentimental about Kobe Bryant's Lakers exit

Doc Rivers isn't contemplating rocking chairs, gold watches or any other farewell gift for the last time the Clippers play host to Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant's retirement could open new vistas and bring new hope for Lakers

Kobe Bryant's decision to retire brings to a close one of professional basketball's most storied careers.

Kobe Bryant plans to keep emotions in check during farewell tour with Lakers

Kobe Bryant said he will not be shedding any tears. At least not publicly.

Kevin Durant slams the media's treatment of Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant doesn't approve of the amount of criticism Kobe Bryant has received this season from the media.

Kobe Bryant's retirement letters are being listed for as much as $1,000 on eBay

Fans who want Kobe Bryant's "Dear Basketball" letter that was handed out at Staples Center before Sunday's Lakers game might have to pay a pretty penny.

Kobe Bryant (finally) heads to the lockers

For better and for worse, Kobe Bryant has been synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years. Whether you knew basketball or not, you knew Kobe. No last

With more pain and less game, Lakers' Kobe Bryant decides he'll retire after season

Kobe Bryant delighted in putting himself through as much pain as possible. Whatever it took to make him stronger.

Kobe Bryant reveals favorite moment in his career and what's next

The realization came while Kobe Bryant was meditating.

Top 10 moments from Kobe Bryant's career

On Sunday, Kobe Bryant announced his intention to retire after his 20th season with the Lakers. Here is a look at 10 of the key moments over Bryant's memorable

Lakers fans give thanks to a retiring 'Ko-be'

While Kobe Bryant warmed up before the Lakers' game against the Indiana Pacers Sunday night, the fans inside Staples Center stood and took pictures and videos

Kobe Bryant to retire after this season: 'My body knows it's time to say goodbye'

Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant announced that the current NBA season will be the final one of his storied career.

Kobe Bryant finally surrenders to his basketball mortality

Kobe Bryant finally saw what everyone else has seen, finally understood what everyone else had known.

Kobe Bryant's decline on the court has been very evident

Kobe Bryant announced Sunday he will retire after this season, his 20th in the NBA.

Lakers distribute letter from Kobe Bryant to each fan

When Lakers fans arrived at their seats on Sunday at Staples Center for the game against the Indiana Pacers, a letter from Kobe Bryant was waiting for them.

Roy Hibbert's reunion is in Kobe Bryant's shadow as Lakers lose to Pacers

On the night Kobe Bryant announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season, Lakers center Roy Hibbert was having his own special moment.

Fans react to Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement

Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his last season in the NBA in a poem he wrote for the Players' Tribune that was released hours before Sunday's game.

Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement draws comments

Kobe Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players' Tribune on Sunday afternoon.

Kobe Bryant's struggles cause some in NBA circles to say it's time he retires

The pump fakes began in earnest when Kobe Bryant got stuck with the ball against Denver this month.