Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to play his final game at TD Garden later this month and there's a growing curiosity about if and how the Boston Celtics might honor him during his retirement tour.
When the question was posed to Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck during an appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub on Thursday, he joked, "Probably [show] film of the '08 Finals."
The Celtics defeated the Lakers in six games to claim their 17th championship during the 2008 Finals. Bryant and his teammates extracted some revenge by besting Boston in seven games in the 2010 Finals.
Turning more serious, Grousbeck told the "Felger and Mazz" show that, "We haven't thought about [Bryant's last visit] yet," echoing a sentiment that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge offered earlier in the day.
"I don't know what you do," said Grousbeck. "I watched the Kareem [Abdul-Jabbar] special the other night and they talked about how Red [Auerbach] and the team honored Kareem when he retired."
The Celtics presented Abdul-Jabbar with a piece of the parquet floor in a pregame ceremony before his final visit in December 1988. Boston then went out and romped the defending champ Lakers, 110-96, with Ainge scoring 25 points in the win.
During his radio appearance earlier in the day, Ainge noted he's no fan of farewell tours, preferring when players simply walk away after a season. But added that, "You can't take away from [Bryant's] greatness."
Grousbeck said he's had some interactions with Bryant during CBA negotiations. Asked if he likes Bryant, Grousbeck noted, "I generally dislike everybody on the Lakers, except Jeannie Buss, she's great."
Grousbeck ranked Bryant among his top 3 Lakers alongside Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.