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Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe says in high school he dreamed of playing in Philly, but he jokingly says he had to "settle" for his childhood dream of being a Laker.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant says playing in his hometown after his retirement announcement is "the cherry on top" of everything. Tells the Philly fans "thank you for everything."

Watch: Kobe Bryant news conference

This is the Lakers star's last season, and he's speaking before his final visit to his hometown of Philadelphia. Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

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Lebron regrets not meeting Kobe in Finals

"I didn't hold up my end of the bargain in 2009 for the fans, for us, to meet in the Finals. ... I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it, he held up his end and I didn't hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn't happen."

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Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Dwight Howard on Kobe Bryant: "Kobe is one of the greatest ever to play the game, he had an amazing career and it all comes to an end for all of us. Someone we all grew up watching and grow from the Afro to the changing of the number to all that stuff, 81 points. He's had a very good career. He paid the way for so many players coming out of high school. His work ethic and everything that he stands for on the court has been great. For 20 years, I mean thats amazing to play this game a long time. I know it will probably be tough after he retires because he loves this game so much. All of us have to face that reality one day just wish him well."

ICYMI: How not to rebound feat. Harden

Rockets star James Harden had no interest in collecting this rebound, sliding away as the ball came off the rim.


dwyanewade @dwyanewade

For 13 years he has pushed me to be great. just simply because he's great. Thank you @kobebryant for setting the bar high for 2 guards in this era. if not for you others or myself wouldn't have had anything real to shoot for. Your message back to me after I broke your nose in an Allstar game let me know what kinda competitor you were and it let me know I was in trouble the next time we faced each other. which was 5 days later haha.. #Afriend #Vino #Mambaout

KD blasts media for Kobe treatment

Kevin Durant said he's "disappointed" with how the media has treated the struggling Kobe Bryant: "You guys treated one of our legends like s---, and I didn't really like it."


Kobe Bryant's career in photos

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. Photos

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ICYMI: Curry hits Gobert with freeze ray

Stephen Curry iced Jazz C Rudy Gobert with the little hesitation to get the wide-open layup.


Shooting free throws, Rick Barry-style

Charleston's Canyon Barry, son of NBA legend Rick Barry, shoots free throws underhanded like his dad did, and there's something to be said for the granny-style shot: Barry leads the Cougars in free-throw percentage.


Worth paying top dollar to see Kobe?

Michael Smith says no way, because if he goes to a game now, "I'm not going to see Kobe as I remember him. There's YouTube for that."


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources tell ESPN that the Nets have been gauging trade interest in Bojan Bogdanovic.

Is the 76ers 'process' working?

Chad Ford writes: "Three years into 'the process,' the Sixers don't have much to show for their losses. By now, the hope was to have drafted at least two cornerstones to build around." Experts on Sixers (Insider)

Floyd Mayweather attends D-League game

It was not the boxing star's usual night out, but Mayweather was in attendance to support Jordan Crawford -- and he also got to see Jimmer Fredette drop 37. Liked what he saw

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LeBron reflects on Kobe's career

When asked about his most memorable game with the retiring Lakers legend, the Cavs star cited the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal game: "They went zone on us and we needed to make a big bucket. We swung it around the horn, Kobe caught it on the left wing and shot a 3 with no thought about it." Full Q&A

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Warriors' Walton wins Coach of the Month

Golden State interim coach Luke Walton has led the defending champions to the best start in NBA history at 19-0 while filling in for Steve Kerr (back surgery). Cleveland's David Blatt won Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.


ICYMI: Luc Mbah a Moute's perfect pass

The Clippers forward had almost zero room to work in, but found teammate DeAndre Jordan to deliver this gem of a play: A behind-the-back pass capped off with a dunk.


Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Kobe Bryant has told people/teams he does not want a farewell gift tour on the road. Wants to be treated the same way.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony is still under the weather but expects to play tomorrow vs. Philadelphia. He missed Sunday's game due to illness.

Free throw woes? Just dab

DeAndre Jordan tied for the second-most free throw attempts in a game at 34 on Monday (he missed 22). And while you can't complain forever, you can always dab.