Kobe Bryant's farewell season

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will retire after this season. We have all of the news, reaction and analysis covered, and we'll break down what 20 years of the Mamba has meant to the NBA.

Kobe announces 20th season is his last

Kobe Bryant announced he will retire after this season in a written piece on the Players' Tribune website, saying that "this season is all I have left to give."
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Adande: Why Kobe was so important to the NBA

Kobe was the bridge from the Jordan era to the likes of LeBron, Durant and Curry, imparting the lessons of His Airness to the next generation of stars, writes J.A. Adande. Story »

Gallery: Two decades of Kobe

Kobe Bryant was a fresh-faced kid when the Lakers acquired him on draft day in 1996. Twenty years later, he's a superstar with a swan song. PhotosPhoto Gallery

Kobe: OK that 'I don't want to do this anymore'

Kobe Bryant knew this season would be his last and that he had to be honest with himself that the time was right to retire after 2015-16. Story »

5-on-5: Kobe's place among the all-time greats

What Kobe memory stands out the most? Our Insiders discuss the best and worst of the Lakers legend. StoryInsider

Pelton: Why Kobe is not a top-10 player

Where does Kobe Bryant stand among the all-time NBA greats? Kevin Pelton analyzes his rank. StoryInsider

Stats & Info: Kobe's statistical legacy

Kobe Bryant will be remembered at his peak as a great scorer, tenacious defender and a winner. We run through his most impressive numbers. Story »

Athletes, celebs react to Kobe's retirement

A number of NBA players, other athletes and celebrities saluted the Mamba as he said goodbye. Story »

Kevin Durant frustrated by media handling of Kobe Bryant

Oklahoma City's star says he "idolized" Kobe Bryant as a player growing up, adding that he was angry at the media for the way they have treated the Lakers legend. Story »

Scott thought Kobe had at least 'another year in him'

Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant's decision to retire shows he's come to grips with the fact that "he's not the same player." Story »

Kobe: Jordan was among first to know of my plans

Kobe Bryant said Michael Jordan was one of the first people he contacted to reveal that he would retire after this season. Story »


Abbott: Is Kobe the reason for the Lakers' downfall?

He is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Lakers' franchise. He is also destroying it from within, Henry Abbott writes. Story »

What if the Nets had drafted Kobe?

Just suppose the New Jersey Nets had drafted Kobe Bryant instead of Kerry Kittles in 1996? Here's what could have happened, Ohm Youngmisuk writes. Story »

From The Mag: Kobe, the movie

From 2013: Traditionally, 15 is the crystal anniversary. Our gift to you: We enlisted Hollywood writers to gaze into their crystal balls and tell the life of Bryant, from Italy to a final meeting with MJ. Story »