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Kobe announces he will retire after this season

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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Baxter Holmes @BaxterHolmes

Byron Scott on Kobe: "We talked about it last night. As I told him, he kind of shocked me when he told me. Just sad more than anything."

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets trail the Pistons 67-59 heading into the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez is 3-for-13 shooting. Andre Drummond has 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Kobe: This is my final season

In a first-person piece on the Players' Tribune, Kobe Bryant announced that this will be his final season, writing: "This season is all I have left to give." Story

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Adam Silver on Kobe Bryant's retirement

The NBA commissioner released a statement that read in part: "Kobe Bryant is one of the greatest players in the history of our game. Whether competing in the Finals or hoisting jump shots after midnight in an empty gym, Kobe has an unconditional love for the game. I join Kobes millions of fans around the world in congratulating him on an outstanding NBA career and thank him for so many thrilling memories.

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Adande: Time caught up with Kobe

J.A. Adande said of Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement: "It's strange to see Kobe succumb to the inevitable. He's always been so resistant, so reluctant to acknowledge defeat."


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks say Carmelo Anthony (illness) will not dress tonight. Lance Thomas will start in his place.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

James Harden comes into Sunday's game against the Knicks scoring 90 points the last two games. Harden is shooting 55.3 percent from the floor during this time.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets have shot 7-for-21 from the field in the first and second quarter. They trail 41-35 to Detroit at the half. It has been ugly. Joe Johnson has 13 points.

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 1st-team All-NBA selections (11).

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Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

Kobe told me two weeks in ago in Dallas that he has no plans for a farewell season in Italy or China or somewhere abroad. Seems this is it

Dave McMenamin @mcten

The timing of Kobe's announcement makes perfect sense with him about to play in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Starting his final march at home.

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 currently 17th in career games played, and needs to play just 44 more to move up to 11th.

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Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

Brook Lopez was sorta tripped and then just flipped a shot that went over the backboard. Also, the Pistons haven't scored this quarter!

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrea Bargnani will not play the rest of the game due to a tight left hamstring.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks played fast in the preseason, ranking in the top 10 in pace. But they've slowed down considerably since. New York enters play tonight ranked 25th in pace. Derek Fisher wants that to change. "It's something we have to figure out how to get back to as the season goes on."