Last Season (2015-2016) was the last to the G.O.A.T whose name is Kobe Bryant. He put on a show every time he stepped foot on the court!
Kobe is truly one of the best of all time because of his achievements. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, and ranks third on both the league’s all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career.
At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Following his second year in the league, Bryant was chosen to start every All-Star Game until his retirement for a record 18 consecutive appearances, and his four All-Star MVP Awards are tied for the most in NBA history. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the top NBA player of the 2000s.
He was the first player in NBA history to have at least 30,000 career points and 6,000 career assists, and is one of only four players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 6,000 assists. His 81-point performance against Toronto in 2006 was the second-highest in NBA history, behind only Chamberlain’s 100.
On November 29, 2015, Bryant announced via The Players’ Tribune that he will be retiring at the end of the season. In his poem titled “Dear Basketball”, Bryant wrote that he fell in love with the game at age six; “A love so deep I gave you my all/From my mind & body/To my spirit & soul.” The 2015–16 season “is all I have left to give./My heart can take the pounding/My mind can handle the grind/But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye./And that’s OK./I’m ready to let you go”. In a letter distributed to Lakers’ fans before that evening’s game, Bryant wrote, “What you’ve done for me is far greater than anything I’ve done for you. … My love for this city, this team and for each of you will never fade. Thank you for this incredible journey.”
In his press conference after the announcement, he acknowledged his declining skills. “Even though I play like shit, I’ve worked really, really hard not to play like crap and I do everything I possibly can. And I feel good about that”, he said.
On April 13, 2016, Bryant played his final NBA game against the Utah Jazz, scoring a season-high 60 points (the most points scored by a player that season), in the Lakers’ 101–96 victory.