The excitement and euphoria surrounding Kobe Bryant's final game draws closer with every passing minute. Fans the world over are clamouring to see the Black Mamba at the Staples Center one final time.
The game between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers is a sell-out and any remaining tickets are going for simply incredible prices. The things people will do to witness history.
One fan went above and beyond to ensure he had his very own Mamba moment, paying $55,000 for a pair of courtside tickets on StubHub. That is according to ESPN's Sports Business Reporter.
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Bryant has himself been offering fans a chance to win courtside tickets for his final showing in the purple and yellow, but the unnamed fan obviously didn't fancy his chances.
It shows how much Kobe has meant to the NBA and Lakers fans throughout the past 20 seasons that tickets for his final game, a nothing encounter for the Lakers who sit bottom of the Western Conference, are selling for such astonishing prices.
The cheapest seats in the arena are selling on the website for an astounding price. Tickets up in the bleachers of Staples are fetching, at least, $700 each. Tickets to sit in the lower bowl, the level just behind courtside, are at about a minimum of $5,000 per seat.
While the game will be a sell-out in L.A. it is sure to pull in some huge viewing figures from across the globe. Kobe is a global icon, the Lakers are a world renowned organisation and Wednesday night's game will be an emotional occasion for everybody watching, whether that be from behind a TV screen or at courtside.
The departing guard has struggled with injuries throughout the final years of his career but has managed to compete in 64 games this season.
He may not be enjoying one his best seasons - the same could be said about the Lakers as a whole - but he has still produced some impressive performances in a rough year for the purple and gold.
One of his best displays came in the Lakers' previous game against the Houston Rockets, he dropped 35 points as the Pacific Division organisation fell by 20 points to James Harden and Co.
Everybody tuning in the watch Bryant against the Utah Jazz will be hoping to catch the 37-year-old in his best form and produce one of his legendary nights.
Bryant's highest scoring game of the season came in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in February as he dropped 38. If the 2008 MVP can put on another show like that, and the Lakers can pick up a win on the final day, then the fans will definitely be sent home happy, if not a little emotional.