Kobe Bryant’s Farewell Tour is coming to an end this week, when he takes the court in Los Angeles to play the Utah Jazz.
With tickets soaring for the NBA legend’s final game, one has to wonder, how will Kobe react?
“When the time comes, you never know,” he tells ESPN. “[I] might be sitting here with tears flowing out of my eyes. I doubt it, but it could happen. I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Although some may expect Kobe to put on a clinic, recording one last historic performance, he’s just focused on showing up and playing.
“Showing up and playing and hoping my body feels pretty damn good and I can get up and down the floor and run freely and play this game at the highest level of competition one more time,” he said.
Kobe is set to close out a legendary career, in which he played for 20 years. He’s earned five championships, 18 All-Star Game appearances, and one MVP award.