Athletes and Celebrities Shower Kobe Bryant with Love on the Day of His Last Game


It’s a bittersweet day for basketball fans. Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant will play his last game ever tonight (April 13) against the Utah Jazz at the famed Staples Center. Fans are paying as much as $700 for nosebleed seats to this game, and for good reason. The chance to watch Bryant–a five-time NBA champion and the only first guard to last 20 seasons–play his final game on his home turf is priceless. (That explains why court-side tickets are a staggering $27,500 each, according to ABC News.)

And celebrities know this. The amount of love Bryant has received today from athletes and A-listers alike is truly overwhelming. From Zendaya to Maria Shriver and Magic Johnson, people love their Black Mamba. Here are some of the most touching messages to the great Mr. Bryant: