Stock down: Kobe Bryant
In his last game of his career, the Laker legend dropped 60 points and led a comeback win over the Utah Jazz. Bryant is one of the most polarizing athletes in the history of sports, but his final game was generally received as the culmination of a great career. To put in perspective, Michael Jordan had 15 points in his final game. Allen Iverson had 13 and Shaquille O’Neal didn’t score a single point. It demonstrated just how impressive Kobe dropping 60 points at the age of 37 truly was. Sure, he went 22-for-50, but that’s about 44 percent. That’s around his career average. Snoop Dogg, Jay Z and Jack Nicholson were going crazy in the stands and Kanye West even smiled. There isn’t a better way for a legend to go out.
Stock down: JJ Watt
Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt is one of the most recognized figures in sports for both his dynamic play and his marketable personality. Watt is also known to be somewhat of an attention seeker in the media. Last Wednesday was the final day of the NBA regular season and two historical moments taking place. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant was playing his final game of his career and the Golden State Warriors were going for a NBA record 73 regular season wins. A historic night, but Watt decided to post to Twitter about how he’d “rather work to be like Kobe & Steph than watch ‘em”. Then during the end of the Laker game, Watt is live tweeting Kobe scoring 60, which clearly means he was watching the game. He’s a liar! Watt needs to chill about drawing the attention to himself about showing everyone how hard he works or he needs to not say he’s not watching it and then watch while live tweeting the game.
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