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Kobe Bryant doesn't want gifts and ceremonies for his retirement tour

Kobe puts an end to what could've been a pageantry of gifts all season.

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Kobe Bryant always said he didn't want to have a farewell tour with teams rolling out rocking chairs to him at halfcourt, but seriously. Cut it out and stop your woodworking (via Kevin Ding, Bleacher Report):

He's only had one actual gift presentation in the tour, too, in Philadelphia:


The potential here was great, but it makes sense to try and keep things focused on basketball on a pretty disastrous season on the court. Good on ya' for sticking to it. And the Sixers' video tribute was pretty great, if you happened to miss it:

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