Kobe Bryant not only set a points record for a player of his age in his final NBA game Wednesday night — also helped the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Lakers break all-time industry merchandise records.
The previous record, Ryan said, was set by Led Zeppelin, who sold $1 million worth of merchandise in London at the O2 Arena on Dec. 10, 2007, the group’s first full-length concert in three decades.
People were on their feet for the last minute of the game when the LA Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 101 to 96.
The 20-year veteran missed his first five shots of his career finale, but just kept on shooting and shooting and shooting and…
He concluded his final chapter by erupting for 60 points — the most of any player in the league this season — while piloting the Lakers’ comeback over the Utah Jazz.
The reason why Kobe Bryant 20 years of playing in the NBA is of interest to us is despite all his successes on the court Kobe struggled with people, no one really knew him and when we say no one we mean no one.
He was as elusive as they come, cross him and he would despise you and forgiveness was not a part of his vocabulary. At an early age Kobe Bryant entered the NBA and never really grew up to be rounded, just a gifted man who never knew how to appreciate the persons around him.
We lurked in the locker room, we spoke to his team mates, we even watched the dynamics with him and his family and while the world were celebrating him as a giant in the game of basketball, we were just shaking our heads, so sad the song. Those who love the game were saying the game is going to miss him, we were only just happy to see him go and to be given the opportunity to reinvent himself, take some time to be introspective and find some peace in his life.
He may have appeared happy on the court, but he was far from being a happy man.
Why do you do what you do? What motivates you to be successful, have relationships, go to work, to take up hobbies, spend time with friends or go on holiday? What is it that you are really looking for? The answer given by at least 90 per cent of the people I ask is happiness. As William James, the father of modern day psychology said, ‘how to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness, is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do’. Happiness turns out to be, along with love, peace and wholeness our deepest longing. Kobe Bryant despite his greatness may not have experienced true happiness.