Kobe Bryant is a legendary figure within the game of basketball and his retirement season provided the fitting proverbial fireworks a storied career like the Black Mamba's deserved.
He went out in a blaze of glory at the Staples Center after dropping 60 points on the Utah Jazz at the age of 37. That was a feat previously unheard of in the NBA at his age and it was as if Kobe had saved up all of his powers, all season long, for a final explosion with the world watching.
As incredible as that night in April was, Kobe had a whole career of magical moments and he is one of the most polarising figures to ever grace the game.
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His legendary determination, drive and competitiveness defined a whole era in the game and inspired many of the top stars that comprise the league today.
But Kobe's reach goes beyond that. While he may have been viewed as a villain by virtually all the other 29 franchises in the NBA (especially the Celtics), Kobe was and continues to be adored by the city of Los Angeles
He gave all 20 years of his career to the Purple and Gold and brought five championships banners to the rafters of the Staples Center. His legacy is there for all to see, and while Kobe was dishing out signed sneakers during his retirement tour to some of his favourite opponents, one celebrity L.A. native has given Vino a gift for his two decades as a Laker.
West coast rapper Snoop Dogg is an avid L.A. Lakers fan and at 44-years-old, he has basically spent the majority of his adult life supporting Kobe with the Lakers.
Snoop is a regular at the Staples Center and was in attendance when Kobe dropped his final ever points against the Jazz. The hip-hop artist, whose latest album 'Coolaid' dropped last Friday, gifted Byrant a Los Angeles Lakers-themed classic convertible car with some of the all-time greats painted on the hood.
The Black Mamba makes the list, of course. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Wilt Chamberlain all accompany Kobe with the biggest name of them all, Snoop Dogg himself, also making the cut.
Shaquille O'Neal insisted ahead of Kobe's last ever game that he is the greatest Laker there has ever been, even above the illustrious names that don the front of his new car.
"Number one, [he is] the greatest Laker player ever," said Shaq. "It was amazing that he played with one franchise for 20 years. Did it his way. Accomplished everything he set out to accomplish.
"Remember when he first came in? He said he wanted to be better than Michael Jordan. [I was] like 'young fella, hold up,' but passed him up in points."