Kobe Bryant told Trevor Ariza not to worry about playoffs, guaranteed a win over Utah

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Kobe Bryant's final game is a moment all NBA fans will look back on with fondness. It was the perfect way for the Black Mamba to bow out after an incredibly entertaining 20 years with the L.A. Lakers.

After a tasking 24 months that had taken their toll on both his body and mind, dropping 60 points against the Utah Jazz would've been an incredibly satisfying night for the shooting guard, and it gave fans around the world - including the young NBA followers - a final chance to experience what many call a 'vintage Mamba moment'.

While Kobe could hardly have imagined his career would end with such a performance, he was extremely confident of securing a win despite the fact the famous Purple and Gold had won just 16 of their 81 games before that night at the Staples Center.

According to Houston Rockets star Trevor Ariza, Bryant was so convinced he would go out on a high he that told the swingman not to threat about the playoffs as the Lakers would see off the Jazz.

After a poor campaign, the Rockets were sweating over their postseason participation and a Los Angeles win would have secured their passage to face to Golden State in the first round. As we all know, they won their own game against the Sacramento Kings, but Bryant still came good on his promise to overcome the Salt Lake City organisation.

The outing against Utah brought down the curtain on a simply incredible career and many people are only beginning to appreciate his sheer brilliance now that he has retired. The impact he had on the NBA is palpable and the new generation of stars making their way into the league were inspired by the five-time champion.

The final night of a 1,566-game career was pretty special and it even overshadowed Golden State's incredible achievement of going 73-9. Only Kobe.

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