Los Angeles Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Continues to Be Part of History

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/20/17 04:17AM EDT

In the latest Los Angeles Lakers news, Kobe Bryant became part of a historical night in sports. The retired NBA superstar returned to the Staples Center Sunday to celebrate Father's Day and there he witnessed firsthand a monumental moment in basketball. 

Bryant, together with his daughters Gianna and Natalia, saw Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury become the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history. Taurasi surpassed legend Tina Thompson in the first half of their game against the Los Angeles Sparks. 

Taurasi finished with a game-leading 19 points, while also tallying three rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Unfortunately, her efforts went to waste as Phoenix was defeated by Los Angeles, 90-59. 

In a report by ESPN, it was mentioned that Taurasi achieved the milestone in front of her parents, which made it more special. The 35-year-old shared the feeling when she made the record-setting basket. 

"Once I got the basket it was pretty cool. I was trying not to think about, wanted it to happen and do it organically. It did. You think about all the great players you played with, all the games," Taurasi said. 

Bryant had nothing but praises for Taurasi when interviewed during the second quarter of the game. The "Black Mamba" was asked what he respects the most about Taurasi and he responded "work ethic" and "body of work." That is a huge compliment coming from the Los Angeles icon.   

When Bryant was still playing in the NBA, he was lauded for his impressive work ethic which led to numerous feats including five championships, one MVP award, and 18 All-Star Game selections. It is something that even the young stars in the league today are asking him about as they aim to create their own legacies. 

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