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Kobe Bryant Hit a Teeny Dab After Making a Three

On Sunday before the Lakers’ game with Indiana, Kobe Bryant announced that he was retiring at the end of the season with a goofy poem. It’s been a steamy shitpile of a season for the Mamba and his deteriorating old-man body, and yesterday’s game was no different, as he finished shooting 4 for 20, including a few airballs. One of those makes, though, came with about 13 seconds left in the fourth in the form of a semi-throwback slowww-motion three pointer over Paul George. It went in!

And because it’s 2015, I guess, this was followed by a cute lil Mamba dab. (Or maybe he was just kissing his bicep? Hard to tell.)

Kobe finished the game with 13 points and a PER of negative infinity, but the baby dab should’ve counted for at least 10.

Call it a Mamba dab.

Joel Embiid Yelled ‘Kobe’ on the Fadeaway That Gave Him 24 Points

“If it wasn’t for Kobe, I would probably be playing volleyball somewhere”

Joel Embiid had one of the most heartbreaking reactions to Kobe Bryant’s death when the news broke on Sunday. Embiid wrote about how Kobe’s performance in the 2010 NBA Finals, beating the Celtics in seven games and winning Finals MVP, inspired him as a teenager in Cameroon to start playing basketball.

For the Sixers’ first game since the tragedy, Embiid called up Philadelphia legend Bobby Jones to ask if he could wear Jones’s retired No. 24 as a tribute to Kobe. Jones agreed.

Embiid, who had missed the last nine games with a hand injury, wore No. 24 in a performance that would make Kobe proud. He dropped 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting and added 10 rebounds.

The fourth-quarter shot that gave Embiid 24 points was a picture-perfect fadeaway straight out of Kobe’s playbook. Embiid said after the game that he yelled “Kobe” when he let the shot go.

“I didn’t know it was actually the 24th point as I shot that fadeaway,” Embiid told reporters. “That was what it was about. I actually yelled ‘Kobe!’ A lot of us, since I’ve been playing basketball, that’s how we’ve always done it. You shoot something in the trash and then you just go, ‘Kobe!’ That was cool. And for it be the 24th point, and me wearing 24, means a lot.”

After the game, Embiid expanded a bit on the size of the impact Kobe had on his life. He truly believes that if he hadn’t watched those Finals he never would have been an NBA player.

“When you think about where I came from and how I started playing the game, I go back to the first time I really watched basketball, which was in 2010, the Finals against Boston,” Embiid said. “That’s how I became a Kobe fan. I wanted to be like Kobe and I wanted to play basketball. A year later, it took a lot of convincing and I actually started playing ball. I’ve been saying since [Kobe died], I wouldn’t have been here if it wasn’t for that moment. If it wasn’t for Kobe, I would probably be playing volleyball somewhere or be a doctor.”

TNT’s Kobe special could not have been better

TNT’s Kobe Bryant memorial coverage was truly fantastic. I was hoping the network would upload the full first hour on YouTube (maybe they still will) but they did post many of the guests’ reflections, including these two long segments of Shaq and Dwyane Wade that got a lot of attention.

Joel Embiid also got permission from Sixers legend Bobby Jones to wear his retired No. 24 for the game.