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Kobe Bryant Thanked Latino Fans For Supporting Him When He Arrived In Los Angeles

Kobe Byrant has played his final game as a Los Angeles Laker. The 37-year-old went out in style, scoring 60 points in a victory over the Utah Jazz. After the game, Kobe answered lots of questions from the press, including a few from Spanish language reporters.

Bryant spoke a little Español and thanked Latino fans in Los Angeles for welcoming him with open arms.

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“When I arrived, [Latino fans] were the ones who embraced me the most.”

Bryant said he promised fans he would learn Spanish and he did (sort of):

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“My Spanish isn’t very good, but I can speak it a bit.”

He also mentioned that three of his biggest fans are Latinas:

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“Having a wife who is Latina is also significant… and my daughters, too.”

And he revealed what he hopes NBA players take from his career:

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“That they have to play with lots of passion. Love this game. You have to love it.”

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“He’s always trying to take your heart out. And you’ve gotta be ready for that.”

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