Kobe Bryant may have retired from the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA back in 2016, but that doesn't mean he has lost a step when he has a basketball in his hands.
During his 20-season playing career, Bryant established himself as one of the best players the league has ever seen, winning the NBA Championship five times, the Finals MVP award twice, the MVP award once, as well as 18 All-Star appearances.
With all this in mind, he is likely to be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame on the first time of asking, which will be in 2021 if everything goes according to plan. However, just because he is now retired, it doesn't mean he has lost a step.
During a game of HORSE, the 18-time NBA All-Star showed that he could be classed as the GOAT of that game as well as he sunk a bouncing shot from near the halfway line as you can see in the video further down in this article.
This video proves that it's still very satisfying to watch Bryant play when he has a basketball in his hands as anything could happen.
The Black Mamba can be happy in retirement as the Lakers seem to be playing okay without him now that they have a new star in their line up in the form of Lonzo Ball. Los Angeles currently has a 1-1 record after two games played with the UCLA product at point guard.
Despite a disappointing debut, the 19-year-old put up 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists as he led his team to a narrow win over the Phoenix Suns. He was one assist away from being the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Ball's calmness during this game reminded him of Bryant, saying: "I'm not calling him Kobe, but Kobe was the same way. As a teammate, I knew not even to touch Kobe in those moments because Kobe was locked in. … In those moments, the players that don't let the pressure get to them, they stay calm."
The Lakers will retire the two numbers that Kobe wore during his career, 8 and 24, later this season. It's a career that any player in the NBA today will find tough to match, even Ball. According to recent videos of Bryant playing HORSE, he's still got the skills that made him famous.
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