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Byron on what Kobe told him: "It was so matter of fact and [he] was so at wasn't like he was agonizing about it or anything."

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Byron remembers an 18-year-old Kobe telling him he wants to be the best: "I saw that come to light for a long period of time."

Stephen A. not surprised by Kobe's call

Stephen A. Smith said of Kobe Bryant's decision to retire at the end of the season: "It was kind of predictable. ... I actually thought he would retire and not play another game based on how much he was struggling."


Jordan draws nothing but air, twice

Why do teams intentionally foul DeAndre Jordan? This trip to the line gives the answer perfectly.


Could Sixers streak end tonight?

Philadelphia put up 36 points in the third quarter to take a 67-64 lead over Memphis. The 76ers are 0-17 and have lost 27 straight dating to last season. Follow live

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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.

Highlight: Griffin powers back-to-back wins

Blake Griffin recorded 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Los Angeles' 107-99 win over Minnesota, the Clippers first two-game winning streak since starting the season 4-0.


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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