The Kobe Bryant retirement tour made its final stop in Oakland last night. In lieu of a gift — Kobe doesn’t want any — they produced a pretty compelling video tribute instead.
Prior to tonight's action, Jerry West provided this video tribute to Kobe Bryant.https://t.co/jkF6sp8qBN
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 15, 2016
Of course, it was West who originally brought Bryant to the Lakers via the Vlade Divac trade back in 1996.
After the game Bryant admitted the tribute actually made him a little emotional.
Kobe said the Jerry West tribute almost got him. Was emotional. That's where it all started, with West's belief in him.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 15, 2016
Kobe Bryant talks about what Jerry West meant to him, the tribute video & the reception from the GSW crowd.
— LakersTV (@LakersTV) January 15, 2016
As one final gift, the Warriors even let the Lakers hang around until the third quarter before pulling away 116-98.