“I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. Man, this is crazy,” Bryant, an 18-time NBA All-Star said while addressing the crowd after the game. “This is absolutely crazy … and to be standing at center court  with you guys, my teammates behind me, appreciating the journey that we’ve been on — we’ve been through our ups, been through our downs. I think the most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”

Bryant spoke about growing up a “die-hard Laker fan” and the trade that led to him spending 20 years with the organisation and winning five NBA championships.

“You can’t write something better than this,” he said.

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