Kobe’s Last game in Boston
The Los Angeles Lakers made their only visit of the season to TD Garden the other night to take on the Boston Celtics. This would also be the last time Kobe Bryant would step foot on this historical arena as he will be retiring at the end of the season. The Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are two of the most storied franchises and their rivalry is considered to be the best in the NBA. These two teams have played each other 12 times in the NBA Finals. Yes, 12 times! Talk about an intense rivalry.
In 2008, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers took on the Boston Celtics in the NBA finals. The Celtics were led by the “Big Three” of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Boston would defeat Kobe and the Lakers in 6 games to win their 17th NBA title. However, Kobe and the lakers were able avenge their finals loss in 2010 when they defeated the Celtics in 7 games. As you can see there was a lot hostility between the two teams and their fans over the years, but that all changed the other night.
Kobe was introduced by the Celtics PA announcer to warm and welcoming standing ovation. It was very inspiring to witness as a sports fan. Bryant has always had a great deal of respect for this storied rivalry and the celtic fans were well aware of it. Before the game members from the Celtics Organization presented Kobe with a piece of the iconic parquet floor as a awesome retirement gift. The Lakers would upset the Celtics that night as vintage Bryant would knock down a 3 pointer late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. As the the final seconds ticked off the clock, Kobe chants rang around the whole arena and he was able to soak up this unbelievable moment. After the game Kobe said, “Honestly, if I could chant for them I would,” “I don’t think the fans here really understand how much they drove me.”
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