The Wizards lost 108-104 to the Lakers on Wednesday in Kobe Bryant's last game at Verizon Center. We even had a cameo appearance by one of our alumni, Michael Katz who wrote a quick story on one of Bryant's biggest fans.
Let's get to some links, roll call, and get ready for Friday.
Randy Wittman's presser is linked above. Bryant also spoke to the media in the room. Video links to the rest of the players are below:
Links to other recaps
Here are some recap links from Wizards and Lakers sites around the web:
Since Bryant is now officially on his farewell tour, there were plenty of takes on it by the D.C. media.
Even though the long-time Lakers' star has struggled to find his shooting form this season, he still will be able to show from time to time why he is The Black Mamba. It just won't happen as often. Unfortunately, the Wizards were at his mercy last night. Jerry Brewer of The Washington Post put it succinctly here:
If Bryant’s awful start had you wondering about the worth of his final season, if it had you covering your eyes and wishing he would abandon this stubborn final act and quit now, Wednesday night offered a counterargument. In summoning some verve that even surprised him, Bryant scored 31 points — 12 of which came in the fourth quarter — and lived up to the nickname he uses to describe his agelessness, Vino.
Before the game last night, Scott Allen of the D.C. Sports Bog wrote about Bryants' first game in Washington against the Wizards on March 2, 1998. He only scored four points on 2 of 7 shooting.
Speaking about fans cheering for Kobe Bryant, one crazed fan ran onto the court to hug him as Bryant embraced Marcin Gortat once the game was final. J. Michael of CSN Washington also gave his take on the number of Lakers fans as well.
94 users commented 1,410 times in our first half, second half, and postgame threads last night. Since it was Kobe's last game in D.C. and he got back into vintage form, I wasn't surprised. Wall_Hopeful and Rice2012 both commented over 100 times.
Here's the table to see how you did:
elliottlevy2 sums up just how it feels like when the Wizards blow out a top team one day and take a crap on themselves the next.
The crowd was definitely Kobe friendly last night, and Wizards Khalifa wanted to get an explanation from DMV area fans why we can't get enough support. Here's the dialogue:
See you all Friday for the Suns game.