Lakers go all out for Kobe's finale, give away Kobe toy helicopter (Ball Don't Lie)

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You might not have heard this — we've been keeping it kind of hush-hush over here — but Kobe Bryant will play in the final game of his 20-year NBA career on Wednesday night, suiting up in the purple and gold one last time to lead the Los Angeles Lakers against the Utah Jazz before officially heading off into retirement. As you might expect, the Lakers are making kind of a big deal about this whole thing, turning everything about Staples Center and the surrounding area into a gigantic signifier of how much the five-time NBA champion has meant to the franchise over the last two decades. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] "Like I told [Kobe]: 'This is the last hurrah. Let's have some fun. Let's go out with a bang,'" Lakers head coach Byron Scott said after shootaround on Wednesday, according to ESPN.com's Baxter Holmes . The Lakers have gone all-in on the celebratory atmosphere, wrapping the building in action shots from his proudest moments: Every inch of Staples Center is covered with Kobe. https://t.co/h5b78NuNDb pic.twitter.com/dBqO602GJH — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 13, 2016 They put a bunch more on a huge rotating cube outside the arena, which is nice, because that way you can see them all if you just stand still for a minute: They also erected a massive mural that fans could sign with their farewell wishes for Kobe: Don't forget to leave your mark on the #ThankYouKobe signing walls around @STAPLESCenter & @LALIVE pic.twitter.com/U6RiPdIrzl — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2016 ... which they did: Fans are signing a mural for Kobe outside of Staples Center. https://t.co/wOTkFVKUfa pic.twitter.com/cl2lei8YnG — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 13, 2016 I'm not sure the Lakers themselves organized this one, but either way, it's pretty cool: Had he looked to the sky above L.A. on Wednesday afternoon, Kobe could have gotten his Ice Cube on , seeing the lights of the Goodyear Blimp as it read: Sending a @GoodyearBlimp salute to @KobeBryant & his 20-year game-changing @NBA career. Farewell! #MambaDay @Lakers pic.twitter.com/HmhU0APea3 — Goodyear Blimp (@GoodyearBlimp) April 13, 2016 ... something different than it did for Cube. (Probably for the best.) Once inside Staples, the swag really cranks up a notch, courtesy of Kobe's dear friends at Nike: The shirt Lakers fans will get at their seat tonight. https://t.co/G9A2WUrWP4 pic.twitter.com/a7m87lmafv — Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 13, 2016 #kobe pic.twitter.com/cE4QFtquoj — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 13, 2016 And in case you're in the market for reading material more than you are another T-shirt: Fans attending tonight are going home with this commemorative book celebrating @kobebryant 's career. #ThankYouKobe pic.twitter.com/5TQ4SlUkxp — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2016 The gifts get a bit fancier, pricier and more specific the closer you get to the court, of course: 20 courtside seat holders tonight will get these Kobe Nike shoes. They are limited to 2,000 pairs pic.twitter.com/DdqiNdSmds — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 13, 2016 Each courtside seat tonight gets a hat, SIX different Kobe shirts and & Kobe ROBOJAM figure pic.twitter.com/7zlLJGftEr — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 13, 2016 I'm sorry: A "Kobe ROBOJAM" figure? What is that, exactly? Help me, eBay Wan — you're my only hope: LA Lakers' Kobe Bryant is currently one of the top players in the NBA and what better way to celebrate an awesome player than with the Kobe Bryant Robojam [3.5 channel infrared radio-controlled] Helicopter, the officially NBA licensed RC helicopter in his own likeness. This is a fun way to celebrate your favorite NBA team and player with your friends at your next tailgate party! It features 3.5 channel IR control and an internal gyro for increased stability. And it is RTF (Ready To Fly) out of the box. Rally the team and root for your favorite player with the Kobe Bryant Robojam 3.5CH IR RC Helicopter! Yep — in addition to six T-shirts, sneakers and a hat, those sitting courtside at Lakers-Jazz will get a KOBE BRYANT ACTION FIGURE THAT TURNS INTO A HELICOPTER: And why not? Helicopters, as they have throughout the latter stages of Bryant's career, played a role in helping the man arrive on time on Wednesday: Kobe takes a helicopter to each home game, so Nike took us on a ride to Staples Center for his final game. #MambaDay pic.twitter.com/abIpDOhapc — Complex Sneakers (@ComplexSneakers) April 14, 2016 Here's hoping the famed red-jacketed security at Staples can keep the well-heeled fans up front from unleashing their Mambacopters during live action. After all, we wouldn't want one to make its way up into the rafters and prematurely cut down the celebratory balloons positioned overhead: Purple and gold balloons in the rafters #kobe pic.twitter.com/JdYgyp4sKg — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 13, 2016 We probably don't have to worry too much about that. Their attention will most likely stay focused on the floor — especially considering the Lakers and Jazz will be playing on a very special signature surface featuring both of the numbers Kobe made famous in his 20-year run: Wednesday night 20 seasons come to a close. Catch 8 and 24 on the floor. pic.twitter.com/gg2NlHifL9 — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 13, 2016 It all adds up to what promises to be an exceptionally festive atmosphere at Staples — one wholly incongruous with the immediate reality of a 16-65 team squaring off against a 40-41 Jazz squad whose season will likely for all intents and purposes be over before tipoff, owing to the Houston Rockets' expected victory over the Sacramento Kings to snare the West's final playoff spot, but that remains wholly appropriate for saying farewell to one of the greatest players ever to wear a Laker uniform. Fly your ROBOJAM 'copters with pride, I say, Lakers fans. This is all supposed to be fun. Act accordingly. 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