The L.A. Lakers are pulling out all the stops for Kobe Bryant's final game

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Kobe Bryant's retirement tour makes it's last stop on Wednesday evening and it's fitting that he goes out at the Staples Center where he has brought so much joy during his two-decade long career.

The Utah Jazz will be the opposition, but the L.A Lakers terrible record this year and their playoff hopeful opponents will be an afterthought in the grand scheme of the event.

The Black Mamba will be the centre of attention, and the Lakers are gearing up for what they think will be an entirely new atmosphere altogether.

"The game is going to be a 'zircus'—a zoo and a circus," Lakers publicist John Black told the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

The organisation insists it has had to deny hundreds of media requests to attend Kobe's final ever game in the NBA, and Bresnahan has reported that the Staples Center can typically host around 600 members of the media for NBA Finals games.

"It's absolutely unprecedented for the regular season," Black said. "Is it NBA Finals levels? Yes. It might be even bigger than that."

The merchandise has gone through the roof, as well.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group will be selling limited edition items online and at the Staples Center on game day and items range from snakeskin texture jerseys for $424, all the way up to a diamond-embroidered hat that costs $38,024.

"This city is all about spectacle," said Sean Ryan, vice president of AEG Merchandise. "Derek Jeter might have represented the blue-collar people of New York, but Kobe is more about showtime, so we had to think of diamonds and gold."

Before the matchup, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will perform the national anthem, followed by a now customary special tribute video. It's also understood the Lakers will roll out 30 of Kobe's former teammates, including Shaquille O'Neal.

Let the 'zircus' commence.

D'Angelo Russell
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Kobe Bryant

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