On April 14, 2016, after the Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Jazz in the NBA regular season, Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who scored 60 points in the game, officially announced his retirement. That year’s Lakers, in addition to Kobe, the starting lineup is dominated by young players, and their bench is sitting on both Lu Wei, Nick Young, who is in his sixth year, as well as the league’s fringe players such as Thackeray, Huertas and Blake. With Randle signing with the Pelicans for two years and $18 million in July 2018, all of Kobe’s teammates from his final year, as well as head coach Luke Walton, have left the team. Now six years later, Kobe has passed away due to a helicopter accident, so how are his teammates from that time doing now?
- Robert Thackeray
Known by fans as “Sacchi”, Sacre left the Lakers to play in the Japanese league for three years and announced his retirement at the end of the 2019 season.
- Roy Hibbert
The former All-Star center was originally seen as the Lakers’ most important addition that season, but he did not meet the team’s expectations and did not bring substantial help to the Lakers, struggling to keep pace on both the offensive and defensive ends. After the season, Hibbert became a free agent, played for the Hornets, Bucks and Nuggets and gradually marginalized, and on July 17, 2018, 31-year-old Roy Hibbert announced in an interview that he had ended his professional basketball career. Today, Hibbert works for the Philadelphia 76ers as the team’s player development coach.
- Tariq Black
Stayed with the Los Angeles Lakers for one more season before returning to the Rockets for the 2017/2018 season, after that season Black signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Euroleague. There, Black became a league all-star and helped the team win the Israeli league championship.On May 24, 2020, Maccabi Tel Aviv officially announced the cut of Tarek Black.In 2019-20, Tarek Black appeared in 11 games, averaging 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1 assist, 0.8 steals and 0.7 caps per game.
#24 Kobe Lakers Jersey
Now the Lakers, already LeBron James’s team, and Kobe’s contemporaries have left the NBA, his final year teammates have also left the Lakers long ago, and now the Lakers, in addition to the two retired jerseys hanging over the gym and the statue outside the gym, it has been difficult to find the traces left by Kobe back then.