On Sunday afternoon, Kobe Bryant announced this season would be his last. On Sunday night, Kobe Bryant had the ball in his hands with a chance to tie the game in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
All of the elements for a classic ending were there. Bryant had just made a three to cut it to a one-point game. Now trailing by three, Kobe rose for another shot. The crowd rose with him, anticipating a huge make. Then all you see is dejection as the shot misses everything.
There was no storybook ending this time.