The day is finally upon us. Yes, Kobe Bryant's final game for the Los Angeles Lakers is a matter of hours away.
Figures from NBA's past and present have flooded to give their views on the illustrious 20-year career of the shooting guard that yielded five championship rings and a number of other accomplishments. Other sporting and celebrity stars have also spoken highly about the legend.
Having entertained fans around the world for two decades, the game with the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center is sure to be an emotional occasion for all NBA fans.
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One man who had the privilege of sharing a locker room with the 37-year-old is Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin.
The point spent last season with the Lakers and says the chance to play alongside the future Hall of Fame enshrinee was an experience he will never forget. He also became the latest person to join the long list of people to dub Bryant as this generation's Michael Jordan.
He said: "Well, I feel like for me, growing up, you saw [Michael] Jordan revolutionise the game. And every kid from my generation's favourite player was Jordan. And I think, if you fast-forward a few years, that's probably the equivalent of what Kobe was to a lot of kids growing up who might be just a little bit younger than me, and even kids my age as well.
"You see a lot of guys in the league right now, the way they talk about him, it's like, ‘Man, I watched you growing up, you were such a great player and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,’ and like you can tell just the amount of respect everybody has for him.
"And I think for me, being able to play with him is something I'll never forget. I think watching and observing the way that he approaches things, how mechanical and detailed he was about his whole regimen. it was awesome to see. I got to ask him a lot of questions, so that's something that I'll always remember."
Kobe has given so much to the game of basketball and has battled through a number of injuries to compete in 65 games in his final season. Lin, for one, is just happy the Mamba has been able to say goodbye by doing what he loves.
"When I think about his season this year," he said. "I'm just happy he's healthy, and I'm happy he's been able to play, and I'm happy that he's made it to the last game. I just hope he has a tremendous and awesome last game. And that's very well-deserved for someone who's had a career like him."