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Kobe Bryant details his ideal final NBA game

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The final game of Kobe Bryant’s Hall-of-Fame-worthy playing career will be far from ideal for the Los Angeles Lakers forward.

The 37-year-old NBA veteran wanted to finish his career by winning one last championship, according to a tweet posted on Twitter.com.

The tweet was posted on April 7 by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Bryant’s disappointing 20th and final NBA season has been frustrating for him, which is evident by his words. Bresnahan’s tweet reads as follows:

What would be Kobe’s ideal final game? “Win the championship. That [expletive] ain’t happening so there you go,” he said.

It is no secret that Bryant wanted a sixth NBA title. His fifth and final championship came in 2010; his Lakers won the title by defeating the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series in the NBA Finals. Since then, Bryant has been unable to even return to the Finals let alone compete for another championship.

The Lakers’ 2015-16 campaign is the worst in the history of the franchise, beating out the 21-win season they finished with a year ago. The team sits dead last in the Western Conference standings and has failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third season in a row.

Bryant has just three games left to play. His final game will be against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center in L.A. on April 13. Tip-off for the game is at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Bryant will leave behind a team that has a promising young core in D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. The pressure to bring the Lakers back into the conversation of being among the NBA elite will shift to them. Whether or not Russell, Clarkson and Randle achieve this feat remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, though: Bryant is not going to be part of it.

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on Aug. 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft. He is a five-time NBA champion.

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David A. Shelmon was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area. Currently, he is an aspiring journalist who focuses primarily on sports. Basketball, in particular, is his specialty. He has written for the likes of AXS.com, Examiner.com and SB Nation-affiliate Hustle Belt. He hopes to expand his writing experience by joining Sports Out West.
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