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Kobe Bryant to be allowed to decide how much he plays in his final NBA game

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To many fans of basketball, the farewell game for the legendary Kobe Bryant will be an emotional affair.

The Lakers' contest with the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13 will revolve around the outgoing Black Mamba; owner of five NBA championship rings, 18 All-Star appearances and a sole regular-season MVP award throughout his storied career, to mention a few.

Although the Jazz are still firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot in the Western Conference and will no doubt be all business, the Lakers have nothing to play for other than Kobe's honour.

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The event has drawn a sell-out crowd to the Staples Center and the Lakers are said to be rolling out the red carpet for Bryant with celebrity guests, ex-teammates, and a special tribute video prior to the encounter.

However, in a season where Bryant has intermittently struggled with shoulder issues, how much can the California crowd expect to see from Bryant in his final endeavour on the hardwood?

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According to Baxter Holmes of ESPN, Byron Scott has said he will let Kobe dictate how much he plays in his final ever game.

That's a cross between a nice gesture and a fitting tribute for a player of Kobe's stature, especially given his loyalty to the franchise for the past 20 years.

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If the Lakers had more at stake, perhaps eyebrows may have been raised. Instead, this is a prime opportunity for everyone to enjoy the exquisite talent of Bryant one last time.

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