Looking Back on His Career, Kobe Bryant Says Latino Lakers Fans Were the Ones Who Embraced Him Most

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After scoring 60 points in his last game, Kobe Bryant ended his illustrious 20-year NBA career on Wednesday. So the after-game press conferences served as an opportune time for him to reflect on his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. At one point, he switched to Spanish to thank his Latino fans.

“Latino fans are important to me, because when I arrived [in Los Angeles] they were the fans who most passionately embraced me,” he said. “So I told them, ‘give me two or three years so that I can learn a little bit of Spanish.’ Now, my Spanish is not that good, but I can speak a little. They mean everything to me.”

Watch him speak more than a little Spanish below: