Kobe Bryant
Celebrities showed support for Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant on Wednesday as he took the court one last time. Photographed above: Bryant at a post-game press conference in Los Angeles on April 13, 2016. Getty Images

It’s the end of an era for the NBA — Kobe Bryant, who began his career with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996, played his final game Wednesday. Fans poured into Staples Center by the thousands to watch the Philadelphia native — dubbed the black mamba — put up points one last time, but celebrity row was also noticeably stacked.

Rapper Kanye West tweeted about the game, showing fans a photo of his ticket. He referred to the record-breaking player as “the God,” later sharing a photo of a custom “I feel like Kobe” shirt he had made for the occasion. West, 38, was in good company at the game. He was photographed sitting alongside Lamar Odom, Khloé Kardashian’s estranged husband who also once played for the Lakers. The “Famous” rapper was also seen posing with Jay Z and Steve Stoute. The official NBA Twitter handle shared a photo of Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q posing for a quick picture together as well. NME reported that Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ice Cube and Justin Timberlake were also in attendance.


Kanye and Lamar Odom at the Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers game. April 13. #MambaDay (_: @crissymartine)

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Jay Z x Steve Stoute x Kanye at the Utah Jazz vs. Los Angeles Lakers game. April 13. #IFeelLikeKobe

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In addition to a notable list of musicians, Staples Center hosted several actors and actresses who have been following Bryant’s career since its earliest days. “Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco shared a photo collage of her and the elite player on Instagram, penning a heartfelt goodbye. She shared with Bryant that it had been a joy to watch him play for so many years and wished him luck in his final game. L.L. Cool J, Brandy, Billy Clinton and Larry King also took a moment to memorialize the longtime Lakers’ epic career on social media.

Bryant announced his retirement in November 2015. He shared the news on the Players’ Tribune — a website started by retired MLB player Derek Jeter. Bryant penned a long post, written in first person, titled “Dear Basketball.” In it, he detailed his rise from a young child dreaming of playing in the NBA to a 37-year-old superstar player before revealing that he could not “love you obsessively for much longer.” Bryant wrote that the current season would be his last, explaining that his heart could no longer “take the pounding.” Bryant said that while his mind was still in the game, his body was wearing out.

In his final game, Bryant scored an impressive 60 points. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Utah Jazz by just five points in a 101 to 96 victory.