Kobe Bryant’s Hollywood Ending: See Which Stars Went to Lakers Legend’s Last Game

Staples Center was packed with the biggest names in both entertainment and sports from Kanye West to David Beckham

Last Updated: April 14, 2016 @ 9:54 AM

Kobe Bryant’s last game had all the ingredients of a Hollywood blockbuster — drama, excitement, huge stars and a happy ending.

The Lakers legend had his dream send-off Wednesday night after 20 years and countless wins throughout his iconic NBA career, which began as a 17-year-old in 1996.

And he wasn’t going to do it alone. Despite the Lakers nearing the end of their worst season in team history, Bryant, 37, went out on a very high note by scoring 60 points in the 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.

While Bryant admitted to reporters after the game that the perfect ending “would have been a championship,” he said he would accept a script like this for his new story company.

The real Hollywood heavyweights sat cheering him on, Jack Nicholson did a rare interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters from the courtside seat he’s occupied since 1972. “Kobe makes it worthwhile knowing something about the game,” he said.

“No player has been with a team for 20 years before, he really is one of the great players you will ever see play the game. No doubt about that. Competitive winner … love watching him,” the Oscar winner told the veteran reporter.

“When he’s happy, we’re happy. Unfortunately, I missed the 81-point game, I let my daughter come,” the diehard Lakers fan revealed, referring to Bryant’s historic personal score over the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.

Also in attendance were David Beckham, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Lopez, Kanye West, Adam Levine, Jeremy Piven and Paula Abdul.

As for Kobe’s past teammates, fellow Lakers icon Magic Johnson delivered an emotional introduction before Bryant took to the court, saying: “We are here to celebrate greatness for 20 years. Excellence for 20 years. Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game, never cheated us as the fans. He has played through injury, he has played hurt. And we have five championship banners to show for it.

“When you think about this town for the last 20 years, this man has been the biggest and greatest celebrity we’ve had,” Johnson told the sell-out crowd, as people erupted into cheers.

Even Shaquille O’Neal, who had an infamous falling out with Kobe during which he accused him of being a selfish player, was courtside for the milestone night.

Meanwhile, troubled former player and close Bryant friend Lamar Odom sat next to none other than Kanye.

Having described the runup to the game as a “zircus” (a cross between a zoo and a circus), Lakers spokesperson John Black told TheWrap that they didn’t know which stars would attend. “Most of them get their seats through their agents, managers, studios, networks, law firms, record companies, producers, etc … who are the people who actually own the seats.”

Tickets sold out long ago, he explained, and the most expensive ones available on StubHub before the 7:30 p.m. tip off were going for $25,000 (the cheapest were $750).

The thousands of fans who couldn’t afford to be part of the legacy of No. 24 gathered in throngs outside the Staples Center at L.A. Live, waving banners, signing a giant farewell card and pledging their undying love for the Black Mamba.

See some of the famous faces at the game below.

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