One lucky fan has bought a signed ticket from Kobe Bryant’s final game in the NBA. The ticket auctioned off for a staggering $40,590. During the Goldin Auctions, there were a total of 42 bids before the ticket was sold to the winner.
The expensive price tag comes with a reason. On April 13, 2016, Bryant stepped step onto the Staples Center court for the last time. During the game against Utah Jazz, Bryant proved his enduring greatness when he scored 60 points alongside the Lakers. After the win, he delivered an iconic speech that he ended with the now, eery statement, “Mamba Out.”
Kobe Bryant Ends Athletic Career In Predictably Stunning Way
That game would close the book on a 20-year career that included 18 All-Star selections, five NBA titles, and 33,643 points scored. In the final 3 minutes and 20 seconds of the game, Bryant helped his team get out of a 94-84 hole by gaining 15-straight points, helping them win, 101-96. The game marked the first time Bryant had a 50-point game since 2009. Bryant’s jaw-dropping performance was, sadly, the poetic send-off for one of the sport’s most talented players.
“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by,” Bryant said as he addressed the Staples Center audience. “This is crazy. This is absolutely crazy. To be here standing at center court with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey we’ve been on. We’ve been through our ups, and we’ve been through our downs, and I think the most important part is that we all stayed together throughout.”
On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other people died in a helicopter crash. To honor his success, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame inducted him posthumously into the esteemed organization on April 5, 2020.
“It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor and we’re extremely proud of him,” his widow, Vanessa Bryant, said in an interview. “Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate, but it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career. And every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here, so we’re incredibly proud of him. There’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be a part of the 2020 Hall Of Fame class.”