Rap Legend Coolio seen with Kobe Bryant before the NBA legend’s last game as a Lakers player in a rare resurfaced photo

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has retired after winning five championships and a spectacular 20-year career. He announced on November 29, 2015 that he would retire at the end of the 2015–16 season. The Mamba announced the news to the world through a poem “Dear Basketball” on The players’ stand. The poem not only chronicled his love for the sport, but it also served as a warm farewell to the game. After news of his retirement became public, fans and opposing teams showered him with adulation and praise. standing ovations throughout his final season.

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Before their big game, Nike had published a video that served as a tribute to the Lakers legend. The video featured several personalities such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant and many more. Kobe played his last game on April 13, 2016. As expected, it was arguably a historic day for the fans and Kobe himself. The arena witnessed a huge crowd during the Lakers vs Jazz game. The public had come to see the Black Mamba work its magic one last time in the courtyard.

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Obviously, Kobe didn’t disappoint the spectators as he put on an outstanding performance during the game. The likes of Kanye West, former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal, Jay Z, The Weeknd and more were also in attendance. Among those celebrities was also rapper and record producer Coolio, who passed away recently.

Kobe Bryant poses for a photo with rapper Coolio

Media recently reported that rapper Coolio died in Los Angeles. The rapper is believed to have passed away due to cardiac arrest on September 28, 2022. Coolio had turned 59 on August 1, 2022. After the news spread among people, fans and members of the music industry alike come out to mourn his death and offer their condolences. Fans shared their memories and old photos of the rapper. Amid these posts, a rare photo of rapper and NBA legend Kobe Bryant has resurfaced on Twitter.

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The photo was uploaded on September 29, 2022 and the caption read – “Coolio pre-game with Kobe on the night of his last game as a Laker (2016)”. Apparently, the photo was taken the night of Kobe’s last game, probably hours before the game started. The Los Angeles Lakers star dominated the court that night. He had an impressive 60 points and scored the winning shot with just 31.6 seconds on the clock. He had scored a total of 15 points in the Lakers’ last 17 points.

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