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We’ve all been there: you’re in the open court in a pick-up game, with not one defender between you and the basket. It’s a sure thing. A gimme. Buckets. As you rise for the layup, the thought briefly floats through your mind: wait, what if I miss this…

The second you’ve entertained the notion of failure, that scenario has actualized itself: you’ve done the unthinkable and missed a wide-open layup. Tonight, we were reminded Kobe Bryant is a mere mortal, and the 37-year-old Kobe Bryant looks a lot more relatable than a younger Mamba.

During the Lakers’ 110-102 loss to the Pelicans Friday night, Kobe got defender Dante Cunningham off balance with a jab step (ah, that old jab step!) and blew past Cunningham, only to brick the left-handed layup.

Kobe finished with 14 points in 22 minutes. He has only three games remaining. The Lakers are back in action Sunday at 3:30 at Houston.

New Orleans honored Kobe with a touching tribute video featuring Kendrick Perkins, Ryan Anderson, and Anthony Davis before the game. Check it out below.


Some love, some hate and all respect in Pelicans tribute to Kobe
(via @PelicansNBA) #MambaFarewellTour

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 9, 2016


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