Already eliminated from the playoff chase, the Jazz weren’t focused for Kobe Bryant’s final game. They ceded 60 points to the over-the-hill superstar.
How locked in was Kobe?
“I was actually at the office until 4 or 4:15 editing a bunch of short stories, and lost track of time,” Bryant told the Wall Street Journal’s Dennis K. Berman. “And I looked at my watch, ‘Oh…I better go home. I got my last game to play.’”
Kobe clearly summoned a will to compete by the time he reached the arena. That was a sendoff for the ages.
But this is another sign he was ready for the next chapter in his life.