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Kobe Bryant bids farewell to 20-year NBA career with a 60-point night

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Kobe Bryant bids farewell to 20-year NBA
career with a 60-point night
LOS ANGELES - It's time to say goodbye, to his teammates, to his rivals, and to his beloved fans. For Kobe Bryant, 20-year NBA career finally closed its door. You cannot expect more from a 37-year-old veteran(退役者、经验丰富的人) than 60 points in his final game, and more importantly, a win that he cherished the most as an innate(天生的) winner.
"Man, I can't believe how fast 20 years went by, this is crazy," Bryant said to the crowd after the victory.
With five rings, two Finals MVPs, third all-time leading scorers, 18-time All-star appearances, Bryant retired from the world's elite league(精英联赛) with his unchanged love for basketball. He finished with 60 points on 22 of 50 shooting as Lakers erased a 15-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 101-96 here on Wednesday.
On Nov. 29, 2015, Bryant announced that he would retire at the end of the 2015-16 season.
"My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye." he released the news via a letter-poem on The Players' Tribune.
From then on, every road game that Bryant participated in was a Farewell Tour. Standing ovation, "Kobe" chant, is no strange in every place that he visited after the announcement.
Bryant began his NBA journey in 1996, when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets (current New Orleans Pelicans) with the No. 13 pick, before being traded to the Lakers for center (中锋)Vlade Divac.
"I grew up a die-hard Laker fan. So to be drafted and traded here and spend 20 years here, you can't write something better than this," said Bryant.

In his rookie season(新秀赛季), Bryant showed his athletic ability to the world as he became the youngest Slam Dunk champion. More glories came to Bryant in the next few seasons. From 2000 to 2002, he and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships.
The duo, along with veterans Karl Malone and Gary Payton, formed the "Fantastic Four" before the 2003-04 season, while experiencing a disappointing season as the team lost to the Detroit Pistons in the Finals.
On Dec 14, 2014, Bryant became the NBA's third all-time leading scorer(头号得分手), passing Micheal Jordan (32,292) in a 100-94 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, serious injuries began to bother Bryant late in his career, which sidelined (退 出)him 123 games in two seasons from 2013 to 2015. For Lakers' young guys, team rebuilding is still a long way to go after Bryant's retirement.
"No words can describe how I feel about you guys, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. What can I say? Mamba out."
What will Bryant do after retirement? The future of "Black Mamba" has been a curiosity to many fans. But one thing is sure, the love for basketball will accompany him for the rest of his life.
Supplements:
1.My mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it's time to say goodbye 我的意志可以承受那煎熬。但我的身体知道,到了说再见的时候
2. From the bottom of heart 从心底 3. Mamba out 曼巴出洞 Mamba is a kind of African snake, which is fast and poisonous. Kobe Bryant calls himself a black mamba. “Mamba out ” is used by Kobe as specific words. 4. NBA 全称 National Basketball Association 美国职业篮球联赛,也称美职篮。分西部联盟(有 西南、西北和太*洋三个分区)和东部联盟(有东南、中央和太*洋三个分区),每分区有五 支球队。汇集了全世界最顶级的球员,是世界上水*最高的篮球赛事。

Task one.
1. How long did Kobe’s NBA career last. 2. How many points did Kobe get in his final game? 3. When did Kobe Bryant announce that he would retire? 4. Why did Kobe retire according to the passage? 5. What trouble are the Lakers faced with after Kobe’s retirement? 6. What does the underlined phrase die-hard mean? 7. Did Kobe’s career go on smoothly? Why?

Task two.
It’s time___1___(say) goodbye to his fans and ___2___(rival). He couldn’t believe how fast 20 years___3___(go)by. About half a year ago, Kobe Bryant, one of ____4___most famous and influential basketball players, announced that he ___5____retire, which ___6____(catch) the world’s eyes. On April.13, 2016, the great sportsman got a ___7____(satisfy) ending with 60 points. For his teammates, team ___8__(rebuild) is tough after Bryant’s ___9___(retire). His future has been a ___10___(curious) to many fans. But there is no denying that he is ___11___(we) forever hero. He has___12___(accompany) us young generation all the time. Thank you, Kobe Bryant.
Task three. Brainstorm
What do you think Kobe Bryant will do in the future? A charitarian(慈善家) , a businessman, a trainer, a spokesman for big-name brands or anybody else? Why?
I think Kobe Bryant will be a/an______because___________________
Task four. HW
1. Recite the short passage in Task two.




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