With Kobe Bryant officially announcing his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers season, he has received praise from former and current players. During the team’s eight-game road trip, fans have shown their respect for one of the greatest players of all-time.
Since his announcement, Kobe has done many interviews and he spoke with TNT’s Ernie Johnson last night to discuss numerous topics including his favorite NBA championship.
While Kobe was initially hesitant to rank his championships, he says beating the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals is at the top of the list according to Ryan Ward of Examiner.com:
Kobe Bryant ranking championships: “When we beat Boston in 2010. For me that’s No. 1 with a bullet.” via @NBAonTNT
— Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner) December 4, 2015
Although it is a difficult choice, it comes as no surprise Kobe would choose his fifth and final championship. After trailing the series 3-2, the Lakers were able to win Game 7 despite losing by double-digits early in the second half. Along with playing against three future Hall of Famers, Kobe was dealing with injuries.
While the goal was to tie Michael Jordan with six championships, Kobe seems at peace despite making seven Final appearances in his career. With the focus now on his health and being a mentor to the team’s young core, the five-time champion looks to finish his career on his own terms.
Although Kobe has struggled in his 20th season, he had a vintage performance against the Washington Wizards as he made two clutch shots to give the Lakers a 108-104 win. With the longest road trip in process, Los Angeles faces the Atlanta Hawks, who will also have a ceremony as part of his farewell tour.