As of Monday night, it’s been four years since Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in an unforgettable farewell performance on his final night as a Laker. That little anniversary seemed like as good of a reason as any for hosts Harrison Faigen and Christian Rivas to rewind and reconsider that game for their latest episode of “Lakers, Explained,” a podcast by Silver Screen and Roll.
But before chatting about the game, Harrison and Christian started things off by talking about Bryant’s final season in general. What do they remember about it, and what (teammates and other things) did they forget about what really wasn’t a good year, outside of the picture-perfect ending. Where were they, and what were they doing when they watched that night?
Then, they got into the game itself. What did they remember correctly about it, and what stood out on rewatch, four years later? What does it feel like to watch it now, after Bryant’s tragic passing? What did the game (and the obvious effort Bryant expended in it) say about his career, and why was it such a fitting end that tied a nearly perfect bow on Bryant’s basketball journey? Christian and Harrison had a conversation about all that and more on the show.