Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Lessons from Kobe Bryant’s final game

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Here are three lessons from Kobe Bryant’s final game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

This is a nightmare that we can’t all wake up from. First an article written to try to bridge a gap between LeBron James’ and Kobe Bryant’s  fan bases based on a NBA record that turned into a plea based on tragedy. The NBA right now is in a fog that refuses to be lifted. This hurts, Lakers Nation, it hurts. BAD!

With the Los Angeles Lakers getting hit with the tragic loss on Sunday with the death of Kobe Bryant and eight other passengers that included his daughter Gianna, the NBA world as a whole is lost. As we all are.

Last night, the Lakers were supposed to be on the court Tuesday for a huge matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Let’s be clear here, their first game back at the Staples Center was a must win from their Grammy road trip. A loss here and the Clippers own the tiebreaker due to winning the season series.

But thankfully  the NBA, Lakers and Clippers made a decision to postpone the game to allow more time for not only Lakers Nation but everyone involved time to get themselves together enough to go on.

The NBA discussed the decision to postpone the game until a later date via NBA.com.

"The National Basketball Association game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the LA Clippers scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Staples Center has been postponed.  The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The game will be rescheduled at a later date."

A great decision by all for this decision, the Los Angeles Lakers could never under any circumstances be ready to play on Tuesday. Practice was canceled on Monday, as the organization, figures out what needs to be done next. This is a special case that shows that this franchise is more than a sports team, it really is a family. Lake Show Life likes to think we are “First Team Common Sense” here. It wasn’t  possible for the Lakers to put in the necessary work to play a game of this magnitude on Tuesday.

The team released a statement of their own on the situation.

But a Ramona Shelburne piece on ESPN.com moved Lake Show Life to honor Kobe Bryant and enjoy Kobe Bryant’s last dance on the Staples Center floor.

This excerpt here says it all.

"Kobe Bryant: “I wasn’t at home stewing and thinking and mulling over the game,” he shrugged. “I was already working towards the future. Then it was about doing it one last time, as best as I can.” Ramona Shelburne: The morning after he played his last game, an audacious, legendary 60-point performance no one who witnessed it live will ever forget, he got up early and went to church. Kobe Bryant: “I think after 20 years, I think it’s important to give thanks for having such a blessed life,” he said. “I wanted to make sure I went and paid my respects and just said ‘Thank you.’"

So Lake Show Life wanted to give our readers a special post game report in the same format as all of the others. It tells stories inside the game and the funny things that happened on Twitter years after the game was over.

Here is Lake Show Life’s special look at Kobe Bryant’s last game as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Lake Show Life Lessons takes on a real meaning. It’s bigger than basketball.