Kobe Bryant's farewell tour rolled into Cleveland last night as he played what was his final game at the Quickens Loans Arena.
Although he was unable to help the Los Angeles Lakers get the W against LeBron James and co. - the Cavaliers ultimately winning out 120-11 - the Black Mamba did mark the occasion with one small victory against his fellow future Hall of Famer.
With under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Kobe received the ball with his back to the basket and LeBron defending. Cue a signature spin move and reverse lay up from the Lakers veteran.
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As you can see and hear, even the Cleveland home crowd were in admiration of the play and their reaction is typical of the reception Bryant has received since announcing his retirement plans back in January.
Kobe too, in making his final stops in various cities in recent weeks, has been keen to show his appreciation not only to the fans but to his opponents also.
The likes of Paul George, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant have all received signed game shoes from the veteran, and LeBron James joined the select group on Wednesday night.
The gesture completes a nice circle between Kobe and LeBron, with the latter having revealed earlier this week the Lakers star gave him a pair of sneakers when they first met way back when James was still playing high school ball.
Having gone on to compete against each other for well over a decade now, it is great to see two legends of the game enjoy moments like this during Kobe's final season.
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