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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.

Kobe feeling at peace with decision to retire (2:31)
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Rush is on as Warriors soar to 18-0 start

What's the latest treat as Stephen Curry and the Warriors kept on their unbeaten roll? They broke out some vintage Brandon Rush, Ethan Sherwood Strauss writes.


Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant on his decision to retire at the end of this season: "Ive talked to several players. Ive been fortunate enough to actually be able to pick up the phone and call a lot of my muses and speak to them and kind of get their perspective on what they went through. But ultimately its a decision that I had to make. What do I feel? Do I want to play again or dont I? Its a very simple question, but its a hard question when you look in the mirror to ask yourself. The reality is, no, I dont, so why belabor it?"

Kobe Bryant in his own words

With the Lakers' star announcing he'll retire after this season, take a look through his legendary career.


Kobe Bryant on retirement

Kobe Bryant addressed the media to explain how he came to the decision to retire at the conclusion of the 2015-16 NBA season.


Dwight welcomes Porzingis officially

And an official introduction for a rookie from Dwight Howard is a dunk over, on, through, everywhere. Poor Kristaps.


Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the free throw line explains it perfectly.


Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.


Kobe was a star among stars

Kobe Bryant has been selected to the All-Star team 17 times in his career, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) for the most in NBA history. He's also tied with Karl Malone for the most first-team All-NBA selections (11).

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Will road finally lead to Dubs' defeat?

The Warriors will take their record 18-0 start to Salt Lake City on Monday for the first of a seven-game road trip. Will they return home with 25 wins stuffed into the overhead bin?


Kobe's place in history

When he retires at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant will be third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. Bryant is 17th in career games played, needing only 44 more to move up to 11th.

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Kobe Bryant at the podium

Kobe Bryant is speaking to the media for the first time since announcing we would retire after the seasonearlier in the day. Live on SportsCenter

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Kobe on MJ "Hes actually one fo the first people that I told over the summer." What did Kobe say? "This is it." MJ: Just enjoy it."

J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kobe has been very philosophical in this news conference....even while answering questions in Spanish, talking about "corazon" and "amor"

Lakers, Kobe fall to Pacers

On the day he announced he'd retire at the end of the season, Kobe Bryant scored 13 points on 4-of-20 shooting from the field in Los Angeles' 107-103 loss to Indiana.


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Kobe says he didnt consider retiring now: "Theres so much beauty in the pain of this thing. Says he wants to play a full season.

More Bryant from the podium

"If I had a burning desire to continue to play, I would. I wouldn't second guess it. I wouldn't be sitting on the fence. I feel solid."

Kobe Bryant at the podium

"At some point, I just had to accept the fact that I don't want to do this anymore. And I'm okay with that."

Final: Pacers 107, Lakers 103

Kobe Bryant was off for most of the night, but a theatric 3-pointer late made it interesting as Paul George poured in 39 points to lead all scorers. Box score

'There will never be another Kobe Bryant'

Magic Johnson on what Kobe Bryant has meant to the NBA: "He's going to go down as one of the greatest that's ever played. But you know when it's time. And I'm sure he felt that it was time."


Lakers resale prices skyrocketing

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, resale prices had already jumped 25 to 30 percent before Kobe Bryant announced he would retire at the end of the sesaon, and in some markets tickets will jump another 50 to 100 percent.