Small shreds of gold confetti, released from the
The roars triggered by Bryant's 60-point performance and the excitement generated by the occasion also lingered in the minds of the Kings.
The team had stayed at a nearby hotel Wednesday night, and some players heard cheers erupt from the arena before the telecast showed Bryant hit his final shot and close out his career in spectacular fashion.
Most players don't follow basketball closely, but many watched the postgame festivities and came away impressed with Bryant, his accomplishments and the tribute paid by the Lakers and the fans inside and outside the building.
“To see all the fans in the courtyard area around there and you see the big pictures of Kobe on the outside of Staples, that’s pretty cool,” said defenseman
"He's been huge for this city for 20 years now and brought a lot of championships here, so it's certainly cool to see him honored the way he was."
"It was fun. The guy's an exceptional talent, so it was nice to see it come to a nice close," Scuderi said. "He's meant a lot to the city for a long time, been a great player for a long time. So it's sad to see him go, but it was kind of a nice sendoff at the same time."
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"Obviously it's special. He's won a lot of championships here and [he's] one of the greatest players in the game, so it's nice to be able to cheer for him and to be able to play his last game at home," Sutter said. "I'm sure he would rather have played it in a playoff environment."
Seeing the celebrations, including the lively crowd and falling confetti, created a vision that defenseman
“Everyone’s ready. Everyone is just prepared for this game and prepared for this series. We’re so excited to get it going. Watching some of the other