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    'Competitor' Kobe Bryant asks rival teams to do away with gifts, retirement ceremonies

    by the web
    Dec 5, 2015
    Kobe Bryant is a competitor to the very end. AP

    BUSINESS as usual.

    A competitor until the end, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has asked opposing teams to do away with retirement ceremonies or gift presentations on his behalf.

    According to Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, Bryant made the request because he doesn't want to "detract from (games)."

    On the road, the five-time NBA champion would prefer it to be "business as usual," preferring to balance things instead with private moments or video tributes.

    During a game in Washington, the Wizards played a video of Bryant's highlights during a break in the first quarter.

    The Lakers have 30 remaining road games in the regular season.

    A farewell tour for a high-profile practice is a common practice in major sports leagues. The opposing team and its fans cheer for the player who also receives a gift unique to the location.

    Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among notable examples in the NBA.    

    Known for his extreme competitiveness in his NBA 20 seasons, Bryant marches to the sound of a different drummer and might not be in his nature to accept gifts from the competition.

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    Kobe Bryant is a competitor to the very end. AP
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