Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour continues apace, and on Sunday evening the stop in Chicago provided what will probably act as the most significant moment in the go-round until his final game and final home contest against Utah on April 13.
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Playing not only in the former home of his idol Michael Jordan, but against former teammate and friend Pau Gasol, Bryant was treated a rare (and unprecedented) dimming of the United Center lights as he was treated to a video tribute and introduced by Gasol:
(Reminder: Chicago didn’t even dim the lights in Michael Jordan’s return to the UC in 2001-02, and legendary Bulls public address announcer Ray Clay too-enthused introduction of the man that brought Chicago six championships reportedly drew the ire of then-general manager Jerry Krause and longtime promotion operations head Steve Schanwald, allegedly costing Clay his job a few months later.)
Following the contest – one in whichRead More »from Pau Gasol offers a pair of tributes to the retiring Kobe Bryant