Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Tough to say. We’ll see,” Bryant said. “So far, I’ve been pretty cool about everything. I’ve been very thankful about everything. I’ve been very happy about everything. It hasn’t really hit me yet. We’ll see if it does.”Ever since making his pending retirement official in late November, Bryant anticipated the finality of his career would eventually strike him. Oh, Bryant has embraced opponents. He has reflected on his 20 NBA seasons that has entailed five league championships and third place on the all-time scoring list. He has waved to the home crowds that always loved him and to the opposing fans that previously booed him. Yet, Bryant maintained he has yet to fully process he will soon stop playing. He believed it has become hard to do since his farewell tour has taken place while he is still playing.So Bryant has said he will stick to his usual pregame routine that will involve resting, icing, stretching and massage therapy. Bryant then plans to report to Staples Center several hours beforehand for more shooting and treatment.During that buildup, Scott conceded he will likely think about coaching and watching Bryant play basketball one last time. Yet, Scott initially sounded skeptical on if he will become teary-eyed.“I can’t. I’m a man’s man,” Scott said. “I’m not going to be crying there and all that. I don’t think.”Moments later, Scott admitted he will likely sit in his office for a prolonged time after the game thinking about Bryant’s career. “I’m going to have so many emotions that will go through my body and through my mind,” Scott said. “Because of him and 20 years I’ve known him. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”Scott had more clarity on how he will handle Bryant for his last game.After nursing major ailments for three consecutive seasons, Bryant logged only 28 minutes per game in the 2015-16 campaign and appeared in 65 out of 81 games. Instead, Scott said Bryant will play an unspecified minutes that could exceed his season-high 37 minutes he played Nov. 20 against Toronto.Scott also plans to play Bryant between 10 minutes to 12 minutes in the first quarter. “When that quarter is over, I’ll talk to him again,” Scott said. “It’ll probably be at halftime when I see how he’s feeling. That will determine the minutes he’ll play in the third quarter and fourth quarter.”Somewhere in between the intrigue surrounding Bryant’s final appearance and the festivities surrounding it, the Lakers have a game to play. The Lakers have struggled to do that for most of the 2015-16 season. They will end with their worst record in franchise history. They will miss the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive year. They will enter the offseason riddled with questions surrounding their future.Hence, Bryant’s farewell tour has provided the Lakers a temporary distraction from those problems.“The fans deserve it. They’re paying a lot of good money for Kobe’s jersey and for the tickets for years and years,” Lakers forward Metta World Peace said. “The NBA got a billion-dollar TV deal and a lot of it had to do with Kobe. He’s a superstar. They deserve to see this.”Scott argued Bryant deserves to see this, too. “His competitive nature and the way he went about his business gained him a lot of respect around the world. This farewell tour was something that was much needed,” Scott said. “He’ll look back and really appreciate the way the fans treated him on the way out.”Before that happens, Bryant will do something that has become so customary for two decades.He will play basketball, try to win and provide a memorable performance.“I feel really excited and very happy, ” Bryant said. “I’m looking forward to lacing them up one more time.” Vivid Seats, a secondary ticket broker, tabbed the median ticket price for Bryant’s last game at $2,100 each.The Lakers recently issued a fraud alert, forewarning fans about the potential dangers of purchasing tickets for Bryant’s last game through third-party vendors. Scott also chuckled when he shared he has refused to grant friends any extra tickets other than the four he already has set aside for family members.“There’s going to be tons of people in the stands and they’re going to be on the streets,” Scott said. “The ones that couldn’t get into the game will be on the streets hoping to get a glimpse of Kobe coming out.”Will those fans see Bryant maintaining the same steely persona that has mostly defined his 20-year NBA career? Or will Bryant show a vulnerable side after projecting his indestructible image for so long? The video tribute will likely play longer. The notable celebrities will likely become larger. The endless cheers will likely sound louder. The private gifts will likely become grander. Yet, as Kobe Bryant has inched closer and closer toward playing his last game in a sport he has forever loved, the Lakers’ 37-year-old star insisted he has avoided becoming emotional about it. He has done so mainly because he has forced himself not to think about that moment.That moment has come. In what Lakers coach Byron Scott predicted is “going to be bananas,” the Lakers (16-65) will host the Utah Jazz (40-41) on Wednesday at Staples Center. That will mark Bryant’s final game and what Scott called “the end of an unbelievable basketball player.” The atmosphere could arguably mirror an NBA Finals game, if not grander.The Team LA story at Staples Center will sell exclusive Bryant merchandise beginning Wednesday morning.