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Kobe announces he will retire after this season

Kobe Bryant announced he will retire after this season in a first-person story on The Players' Tribune website, writing "This season is all I have left to give."

Kobe in his own words (2:09)
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A #HateHard Thanksgiving (2:04)


Pacers lead 28-12 after one quarter

Kobe Bryant's first game on Nov. 29 was in 1996, his rookie season. Bryant had 1 point, 1 rebound and 1 block in 7 minutes. He has 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist after one quarter tonight. Follow live


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The Rockets have risen. Thornton with a corner 3. It's 108-103, Houston. Rockets bench chest bumping and slapping hands.

Jeanie Buss saddened by Kobe's decision

Lakers president Jeanie Buss on Kobe Bryant's decision to retire at the end of the season: "It was really important to us that Kobe make the decision himself. This was his story to tell. This was his decision to make. ... I'm still very sad."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

After facing Kobe Bryant for the first time earlier this season, Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson shared a private moment with the Lakers future Hall of Famer. Both players grew up near Philadelphia -- Bryant in Lower Merion, Pa. and RHJ in nearby Chester. "It was great just to be in his presence -- to hear from him, and for him to tell me that hes watching, hes noticing, and telling me to keep working hard -- it means the world to me," RHJ said. "It gives you a sense of hope, like you can be something special, and thats all Im trying to be is something special."

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerian Grant hit an open three-pointer to give the Knicks a 13-point lead with 8 minutes to play against Houston. It may seem like a non-descript play on the surface. But Grant had made just one of his last 16 3-point attempts. Pretty big shot for the rookie.

Suns fend off pesky Raptors

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Blake Griffin gets unexpected cameo

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Players, Celebs react to Kobe's retirement

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Grizzlies push 76ers to 0-18

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Nets rally to beat Pistons

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Byron Scott on Kobe's retirement

"I though he probably at least had another year in him... What I want from Kobe is basically his last game be able to walk off the court and wave to all the fans and be able to go into the locker room standing up."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Kristaps Porzingis has 12 points and 11 rebounds with five minutes to play in the third quarter tonight. It's his eighth double double in 18 career games.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas surprised by news that Kobe Bryant announced this is his final season: He did? That sucks. I'm definitely going to try to get his jersey before he calls it quits. He's the best player in my era. The game will miss him. He's one of the best players ever. Dang. That's my favorite player, so that hurts.

Magic beat Celtics for third straight win

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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Jae Crowder with strong words after Celtics lose in Orlando: We haven't built our identity yet as a unit. Coaching staff hasnt figured it out yet. We dont have set rotations. A lot of guys dont know where were going to play or what time were going to play. Its affecting us a little bit. Weve got to figure it out as a unit, figure it out as a coaching staff. We gotta build our identity in who we want to be. Were a month into the season and we havent figured it out.