Play It Forward April 11-17: The long goodbye finally ends for @kobebryant, @Team_KB24

The NBA schedule for the final night of the regular season. Note the prices of tickets for the Lakers-Jazz game.

The NBA schedule for the final night of the regular season. Note the prices of tickets for the Lakers-Jazz game.

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:
NBA: LAKERS vs. UTAH
Details/TV: At Staples Center, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN2, TWCSN

A fan holds a sign for Kobe Bryant during the Lakers' last game of this season in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A fan holds a sign for Kobe Bryant during the Lakers’ last game of this season in Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a guest recently on the “Mason and Ireland” KSPN-AM (710) show, was asked if he would be in attendance for Kobe Bryant’s last game. Silver said he doubted it would happen since he  had to be at an owners meeting in New York the next day. But, honestly, he added: “I can’t afford a ticket to it anyway.”
It’s what’s on the inside that counts here. Least expensive entry pass on the secondary market these days is in the $800 range. If you want a sniff of a court-side chair, it could go to $25,000. Or, you could just settle in and take all that Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game has to offer from a TV screen near you. Make it a mid-week party, like an MMA fight. Except don’t forget the violins.
The Jazz aren’t about to play Bryant out with some simple Sinatra tune. On the final night of the regular season, it is trying (for some reason) to secure the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs and a first-round meeting with Golden State. Utah has also defeated the Lakers somehow by an average of 29 points in three games this season, including a 48-point win last time out.
Yeah, the Jazz.
Before this happens, however, there’s one more in Oklahoma City on Monday (5 p.m., TWCSN).

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Dodgers get around to their home opener against Arizona (Tuesday, 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA) and then a weekend series against San Francisco that marks Jackie Robinson Day (Friday, 7 p.m.) …  The 42nd Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race (Sunday, 1:30 p.m., NBCSN) has Scott Dixon as its defending champion … The Kings begin the Stanley Cup playofffs, while the Clippers do as well for the NBA playoffs, and both have Staples Center home-court advantage … More at this link.

 

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