Kobe Bryant announced in an efficiently written goodbye letter on The Players' Tribune that this season, his 20th, will be his last. In his post-game press conference after Sunday night's 4-for-20 showing vs. Indiana (thanks, by the way), Kobe talked about his decision to retire. I was following along live, but not really, because I was distracted by Twitter. Then I saw this tweet pop up:
Bryant told a story about how an extra Piston tried to be a third captain (you can only have 2) to shake his hand in the ref meeting.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 30, 2015
I rewound and paid attention to the following:
UPDATE: It was supposedly DARRUN HILLIARD!
FYI: Johnson wasn't the Pistons player who tried to be a third captain to shake Kobe's hand. That was Hilliard.— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) December 1, 2015
Kobe will retire as the only player in NBA history to play 20 seasons with only one team. He did not talk about the time he vetoed a done deal to Detroit.