Kobe 60 - The Goodbye (my experience at the game)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 5:24 pm    Post subject:

I'm still smiling about that night. One of the best nights of my life, seriously. So great to share it with you. Couldn't have asked for more in any moment than those last three minutes of the game.

I told TA that it is rare when life exceeds expectations. This game blew them away. Amazing. Great write-up, TA.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:57 pm    Post subject:

Thanks for the write up!

That irks me a lot too when people say Kobe scored 60 "because he's Kobe". If you followed him post-achilles, it was a very improbable thing to have happen
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:16 pm    Post subject:

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Just beautiful, TA. Loved. Every. Word. Just so happy for you that you got to see it in person.

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What transpired after that is the stuff of legend that you tell your kids...and then their kids. And you tell their kid’s punk Lebron Jr. reppin’ friends right before telling them to get off your lawn.




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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:59 pm    Post subject:

Amazing. Someone's cutting onions again on this side.

Thank you, Tony.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:53 am    Post subject:

I wish I had been there. Thanks for sharing a perfect ending for mamba.
Those clutch shots and gasping mouth...what a paradox.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:05 pm    Post subject:

LakerSanity wrote:
I'm still smiling about that night. One of the best nights of my life, seriously.


Glad I could make it so.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:44 pm    Post subject:

Great write TA, and great night by the Mamba and Lakers org!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:45 pm    Post subject:

That was an amazing write up of an amazing night!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 5:22 pm    Post subject:

Kobe has by far the best fans in the world of ANY athlete ever - and it's really not even close
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:13 pm    Post subject:

LarryCoon wrote:
LakerSanity wrote:
I'm still smiling about that night. One of the best nights of my life, seriously.


Glad I could make it so.


You, Eric and TA... LG'ers for life.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject:

I stopped posting here in the beginning of the season, I just couldn't take the Kobe trashing any longer.

I paid $1100 to sit center front row of the 300's 4 hours before the game. I bit the bullet, I had to be there. I was at Kobe's MVP trophy game against the Jazz in 08, I was there when he dunked on Yao, I was there for countless epic performances.

Nothing comes close to 4/13. It was the most amazing experince. Thanks for sharing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:37 am    Post subject:

So happy that Tony got to enjoy this one. I was rooting for 40 shots and 40 points and thought it was possible. 50 and 60? No way. Great send off. It makes it extra special as the guys like Tony who supported Kobe through thick and thin (Can't say the same about me) got that chance to see that. It was just so fitting on so many levels.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:40 pm    Post subject:

Thanks again everyone. Wish I could do that night justice with words, but just cannot. It was unreal.

Yes, LS, all expectations were shattered with that game. And so awesome meeting up with Larry and Eric.

Very cool knowing other LGers were there for the experience, too (55, golaker, and I'm sure many others).


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:41 pm    Post subject:

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CHURCH!


IT WAS LIT FAM!
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:43 pm    Post subject:

wolfpaclaker wrote:
So happy that Tony got to enjoy this one. I was rooting for 40 shots and 40 points and thought it was possible. 50 and 60? No way. Great send off. It makes it extra special as the guys like Tony who supported Kobe through thick and thin (Can't say the same about me) got that chance to see that. It was just so fitting on so many levels.


Thanks Wolf! Definitely meant a lot to me, and obviously so many Laker fans. I know how much of a fan you were and how much respect you had for his game, even if we didn't always agree. Sucks that The Black Mamba ain't going to be there to save us anymore, but it's time for the new era.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:49 pm    Post subject:

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Beautiful Mr. Almeida. Nearly every basketball memory I have is colored by Kobe in some way. In many ways, he IS basketball to me. I really hope we can find a way to recapture that magic soon.

PS...you get around to strangling the producers at Fox for ruining what would have been your grand re-entrance to 24?


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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 5:37 pm    Post subject:

Dude! So happy for you... heck, for all of us! oh yeah, and kobe I guess.

I even told my wife how great it was (as we watched the game) that you were there.

Miss you around here man (lol, me to too some extent). Sad I couldn't find a way to join in the fun first hand.
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 6:28 pm    Post subject:

Alpha wrote:
Dude! So happy for you... heck, for all of us! oh yeah, and kobe I guess.

I even told my wife how great it was (as we watched the game) that you were there.

Miss you around here man (lol, me to too some extent). Sad I couldn't find a way to join in the fun first hand.


Thanks Alpha!! Miss you too, man.

I was browsing LG the last couple weeks of the season and I noticed you weren't on much either. Ugh. You were always the mod to look up to! Seems like just yesterday we were shooting the (bleep) about the Kobe/Gasol era.

If and when I make it out to Hawaii I'm definitely going to try and meet up with ya!
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 8:07 pm    Post subject:

Tony. Great to hear from you. It's the end of an era isn't it.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject:

It's been a year since Mamba Day? Best. Sports. Experience. Ever. Still remember every moment like it just happened.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject:

Tony Almeida wrote:
It's been a year since Mamba Day? Best. Sports. Experience. Ever. Still remember every moment like it just happened.


the cat wrote:
Look what I dragged in.


Wot up TA!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:52 am    Post subject:

MAMBA OUT!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:19 am    Post subject:

Was thinking the same thing as the season ended, how it's been a year. I still remember where I was when I saw this game. I remember reading this last year and how thankful I was that these thoughts were put to paper. It was a fantastic read then, and even better now missing all that the Mamba brought us.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:56 am    Post subject:

It was almost like winning a playoff game
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:30 am    Post subject:

hard to believe its been a year already that was the greatest sporting event I have ever been to what an amazing night
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