Kobe Bryant has now played twenty seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, which is a new NBA record.
Kobe Bryant has now officially set the NBA record for playing the most seasons (20) for one franchise.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) October 29, 2015
Most NBA seasons with one team: Kobe Bryant 20, Tim Duncan 19, John Stockton 19, Dirk Nowitzki 18, Karl Malone 18, Reggie Miller 18.
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) October 28, 2015
With his typical business-like approach to the game, Kobe struggled from the field—shooting 8-24 overall, and just 3-13 from beyond the arc—but says it’s only a matter of time until he regains his stroke.
Kobe: "That timing will come back. I haven't played in a minute."
— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) October 29, 2015
Per the LA Times:
Before the game, all the focus was on Bryant’s past, with everyone buzzing about him setting an NBA record for the most seasons with one team, surpassing John Stockton’s 19 years with the Utah Jazz. […] “It’s unbelievable,” said Lakers head coach Byron Scott. “I don’t know if we’ll see that one again.”
Bryant started quietly, picked it up nicely and then faded badly in the end, finishing with 24 points on eight-for-24 shooting. He was particularly poor from the three-point stripe, making only three of a whopping 13 attempts that were “probably a bit too many,” Scott said.
Lakers fans serenaded Williams with a steady stream of “Louuuu” after he scored his ninth point in six minutes. He finished with 21 points and three assists. […] Williams couldn’t win the game, though. He had an open lane down the right side after Bryant inbounded the ball from the left, but his shot wouldn’t drop.