Although he previously stated that it would be his last season "if something doesn’t change," it looks like Bryant finally came to a conclusion after the embarrassing to their state rivals.
After congratulating the Golden State Warriors for their historic NBA-record 16-0 start, Bryant told the media that he is "retiring from the NBA." He refused to answer any further questions as he was escorted to the locker room area.
Kobe began trending on Twitter after his announcement with support pouring in from basketball fans and personalities all over the world.
R.I.P. Kobe Bryant's NBA career; November 11, 1996 to November 24, 2015.— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) November 25, 2015
Give Kobe a break. He's still one of the greatest. We all have our bad days.— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) November 25, 2015
This @Lakers game is very difficult for me to watch. Hated watching Kobe tonight and these Lakers look like this. Jim Buss MUST GO— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 25, 2015
"This is rough to watch here for Kobe. This has to be one of the worst shooting games of his career." - Marv Albert— SportsNation (@SportsNation) November 25, 2015
As much as I've enjoyed hating Kobe over the years, I must admit it's a lil sad watching his career come to an end.— Eb! (@Ebmadi) November 25, 2015
"Miss you, Kobe" "I love you too, Pau" pic.twitter.com/fHJB1r0qIQ— victoria (@CountOnVic) November 25, 2015
Bryant is a 5-time NBA Champion, 17-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the league in scoring twice, and he ranks third on both the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons with the same team.