by: Lauren Andre
Kobe Bryant has been in the NBA for nearly 20 years and has one of the most accomplished careers in NBA history. With his career coming to a close on Wednesday, you’d think his last game would be a monumental deal for both Lakers and NBA fans, but something bigger is happening.
On Wednesday at 10:30pm the Golden State Warriors will face the Memphis Grizzlies in their final attempt to surpass the best record of all time: the 1995-96 Bulls’ record of 72 wins. The Warriors are currently tied with 72 wins for the season and have one more game to prove that they are capable of beating the once thought to be unbeatable Bulls’ record.
The timing of the Warriors’ battle to be the best is bad news for Kobe. It was announced that the NBA has demoted Kobe’s final game to ESPN 2, while the Warrior’s game will be broadcasted on ESPN. It seems as though the Warriors’ success is overshadowing Bryant’s last game and the once famed NBA star will be the second-rate option for basketball fans to tune in to on Wednesday night. The change is mostly a symbolic one. While Kobe’s career deserves to be celebrated, the hype around the Warriors’ season finish is something that cannot be ignored.