Kobe Bryant Last Game: World Celebrates 'Mamba Day' As Player Retires From Basketball [TWEETS]

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to the crowd as he leaves the court at Toyota Center on April 10, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images

It’s an extremely sad day for Lakers and Kobe Bryant fans, as the NBA superstar will retire his No. 24 jersey against the Utah Jazz. The game will take place tonight at the Staples Center, where Bryant will be saying his last goodbye after 20 of a spectacular career on the basketball court.

In honor of the superstar player, Nike named April 13 “Mamba Day” (since Bryant’s nickname is “Black Mamba”) and released a special "Mamba Day" video featuring some of today's brightest athletes paying their respects to Bryant, including LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, Serena Williams and Kevin Durant.

Other celebrities took to Twitter to pay their respects to the athlete using the hashtag #MambaDay to say goodbye.

 

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and a two-time Olympic gold medal winner who grew up playing soccer as a child in Italy. Bryant famously supports AC Milan and supported the condemnation of Blatter and Platini.

"It's always a touchy thing. You are dealing with big business," Bryant said. "I think this is an important first step to cleaning up the sport."

In addition, 2K Sports has officially announced its newest cover athlete and in predictable fashion, soon-to-be-tired LA Lakers player Kobe Bryant, will grace the front cover of "NBA 2K17." 

The special released is titled the "Legend Edition" and will include a limited edition poster, Black Mamba controller skin and two Panini Kobe trading cards. Additionally, gamers will receive in game add-ons such as digital currency and Kobe apparel for your MyPlayer avatar.

Furthermore, "NBA 2K" released an all-new trailer titled "Kobe Bryant Through The Years," which shows the NBA superstar in every "NBA 2K" title he's ever appeared in. It's obviously a lot of games as he is one of the only players who’s been in every "NBA 2K."

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Natalie Roterman
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