It was a historic night in the NBA on Wednesday (April 13) as the Golden State Warriors set a new league record for regular season wins, and Kobe Bryant played his final game, scoring a remarkable 60 points on 50 shots against the Utah Jazz. There was plenty of hype leading up Kobe’s final game as a Los Angeles Laker and NBA great, with TDE’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith sharing his $40,000 receipt for courtside seats.
And as if there was any question as to whether the stars would show up to wish Kobe farewell, Instagram was quickly populated with a bevy of photos showing rappers sitting courtside, taking in the Black Mamba’s final 48. Kanye West was there alongside Jay Z, wearing a custom made “I Feel Like Kobe” long sleeve crewneck that altered his “I Feel Like Pablo” design. The back of the shirt, which can be seen below, includes “Los Angeles Lakers” written across the shoulders with “Mamba Day” and the date on there as well.
Naturally as well, Kendrick Lamar was in attendance with ScHoolboy Q. Lamar had teamed up with ESPN earlier in the week to drop “Fade to Black,” a TV short that saw the Compton rapper reminiscing on Kobe’s local influence and honoring the Laker great and all-time leading scorer. The Weeknd was also caught sitting courtside, but obscures his face with a basketball in an image included below.
All in all, it was a star-studded spectacle consistent with the greatness that Kobe had achieved over his 20 year career. Peep some of the photos from the game down below.