Kobe Bryant's kind gesture leads to weird response from two Lakers fans

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Kobe Bryant's ongoing farewell tour before his retirement at the end of this season has seen its fair share of special moments between the Black Mamba and his adoring fans.

From kids collecting game worn sneakers and fans giving up their jobs to follow the Lakers around the country, to 'Kobe' chants ringing out across opposition team arenas, it has been a unique occasion for all involved.

Sunday night's game between the Lakers and Utah Jazz, however, saw the tour turn from the unique to the downright bizarre.

As reported by Bleacher Report, towards the end of the game Kobe threw his shooting sleeve into the crowd as a memento of the night. After a brief tug-of-war between a couple of spectators, a pair of Lakers fans eventually got their hands on the purple accessory.

Nothing unusual there, right? Wrong. After getting hold of the sleeve, the Lakers fans proceeded to take turns burying their noses into it - presumably to get the whiff of Bryant in their nostrils.

You can see the bizarre scene for yourself via this video link.

As Bleacher Report noted in the accompanying tweet, you know you've made it when strangers do that with your stuff.

With five NBA titles and a host of impressive achievements to his name, usually we'd say Bryant's sleeve would smell like victory. After the way things went at the Vivint Smart Home Arena on Sunday night, however, that was pretty unlikely.

Kobe's final trip to the Utah Jazz's home venue before calling time on his career did not go well at all.

The soon-to-be-retiring Bryant suffered the biggest loss of his long NBA career as the Lakers crashed to a 123-75 defeat while, on a personal note, he managed just five points after shooting one-of-11 from the field.

The Jazz did at least soften the blow with some pre-game gifts for the veteran - now something of a tradition on Lakers road trips. This time around, the Utah franchise handed over a swanky looking pair of skis for Bryant to make use of in his retirement.

Just eight games remain in the professional career of Kobe Bryant after last night's blowout loss. As anticipation builds towards his final game, a return fixture against the Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, there will likely be a few more opportunities for fans to show their appreciation for the future Hall of Famer.

Whether he will be so willing to part with his stuff after seeing what people do with it, however, remains to be seen.

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