Students reflect during MambaDay

Alan Sosa feels Kobe leaving is a way for the team to move forward, because Kobe has already left his legacy in Los Angeles.

Alan Sosa feels Kobe leaving is a way for the team to move forward, because Kobe has already left his legacy in Los Angeles.

James Fike

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Tonight Kobe Bryant, 20-year shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, will play his final game for the NBA. He earned five NBA titles, two Olympic gold medals, was the 2007-2008 Season MVP and earned back-to back NBA Finals MVP awards in the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 seasons. Drafted straight out of high school, Black Mamba has had a tremendous impact on his fans, teammates, rivals and media.

Alan Sosa feels Kobe leaving is a way for the team to move forward, because Kobe has already left his legacy in Los Angeles.

Alan Sosa feels Kobe leaving is a way for the team to move forward, because Kobe has already left his legacy in Los Angeles.

Aldrin Bigay grew up watching the Lakers and remembers his dad yelling at the screen during games.

Aldrin Bigay grew up watching the Lakers and remembers his dad yelling at the screen during games.

Bagrat Tairyan has been a fan since 2008 and started playing basketball because of Kobe.

Bagrat Tairyan has been a fan since 2008 and started playing basketball because of Kobe.

Miguel Gonzalez remembers Kobe both as number 24 and number 8. Gonzalez emphasized watching him play his rookie year.

Miguel Gonzalez remembers Kobe both as number 24 and number 8. Gonzalez emphasized watching him play his rookie year.