The Kobe Bryant retirement pulled into New Orleans last night as the LA Lakers took on the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.
Everywhere Bryant has been, the fans of the opposing team have been incredible to him, providing him with rapturous applause to mark their sheer respect and appreciation for a man who will go down as one of the true greats of the game.
Last night was different, though. Somehow, it was even louder than usual and it led to something never seen before - Kobe actually re-entering the game in the fourth quarter to appease the fans' vociferous support.
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The noise from the crowd was deafening as Kobe exited the game, as you can hear here, and it seems the crowd was so loud that Bryant had no choice but to come into the game late on and play three extra minutes that he definitely wouldn't have on a normal night.
However, with less than a week left of the NBA career of Kobe Bryant, he isn't going to get many more normal nights.
After the game, the 18-time All-Star admitted it was the first time fan reaction had influenced him to get off the pine and check back in.
Kobe finished the night with 14 points from 15 shots, but it's not his scoring that fans are coming to see, it's just the chance to be there when The Black Mamba came to town for the last time. Hopefully, Bryant gets this kind of reaction everywhere he goes.