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Lakers vs. Jazz Preview: Kobe Bryant closes the books on playing in Utah

One last time in Utah for Kobe Bryant.

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The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road following a walloping from the Washington Wizards, paying a visit to the Utah Jazz. The Lakers' slot in the NBA Draft lottery standings has all but been cemented, leaving just one thing left to focus on: Kobe Bryant's retirement.

There are just nine games left in Bryant's career, and he plans on playing in each and every one of them. Playing on the road in Utah is another big moment in the farewell tour. Between the airballed threes that so-often are a talking point from his rookie season, to the battles against Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko and Carlos Boozer in the playoffs, Utah has always had a special place in the Bryant Chronicles.

We're a long way from those days, but the historical significance will be in our faces over the next 24 hours. One last fun fact: Kobe Bryant's one and only Most Valuable Player award was presented to him against the Jazz during the 2008 NBA playoffs.

The Jazz are close to matching their win total from last season despite the loss of Dante Exum for the entire season, Alec Burks for most of the season and Rudy Gobert for a large stretch.

Enjoy the youth (hopefully) bouncing back from an ugly game, and Kobe Bryant hitting the floor one last time in Utah.

Time: 6 p.m. PT


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