Kobe Bryant: The End

originally published April 12, 2016 Kobe Bryant arrives at the arena in Phoenix, the same time as always. But nothing about this is the same. The crowd that used to loathe his every move, jeer at him, sling pejoratives and abuse are patiently waiting for him to emerge onto the court; that is the irony…

Kobe and Boston: A Goodbye To Remember

originally published December 29, 2015 On the Wednesday night of his Boston debut an 18 year old thinner version of the Kobe Bryant we know gazed at the famed parquet floor that creaked and dipped in spots every time he moved in the lay-up line. For a moment he paused and gave a momentary glance…

Kobe’s 56: I Was There

The most incredible effort from a single player I’ve seen in person came on January 14, 2002 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. I bought tickets at the last moment and invited a friend for a night neither of us could have expected. I had already seen plenty of games in which Kobe Bryant scored at will,…