The last game of the 20-year career of Los Angeles’ Kobe Bryant was a special night: for the man himself, his teammates, the basketball fraternity, and for the fans.
So much was the popularity that as much as $1.2 million worth of memorabilia dedicated to the NBA great was sold at the Staples Center. But what happened when fans took it to a different level?
Some online fans are reportedly selling plastic bags filled with air supposedly taken from Bryant’s last game against the Utah Jazz, Sporting News reports.
Understandably so, there is no way to verify whether the air is in fact from the venue of Bryant’s last game. The bidding for the plastic bag with “Kobe’s last game” written on it, nevertheless, had escalated to more than $5,000. The description of the plastic bag of air given by one of the fans reads, “A bag of air from his final game. Me and my son went and was amazing experience.”
In his final game, Bryant dropped 60 points and took his side to a 101-96 victory over the Jazz; ending his career exactly the way he would have wanted.
Morning News USA, covering the news about Bryant’s last game, wrote, “Media members from around the world gathered to cover the momentous occasion. Laker loyalists and celebrities were in attendance. Even some of Kobe’s teammates and bitter most rivals from yesteryears were there to bid the Black Mamba goodbye.”
eBay took the item down from its listing once the bid for the plastic bag of air reached as much as $15,000.
Also on sale is Bryant’s wool and leather jacket, priced at $699.9 on the team’s online shop.