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Kobe Bryant giving away two tickets to final game for charity


Kobe Bryant will play the final game of his legendary NBA career on April 13 at Staples Center when the Los Angeles Lakers play host to the Utah Jazz in the team’s regular season finale. It of course will be one of the hottest NBA tickets in years and folks are willing to pay an absurd premium to be in the arena to see Bryant as he bids adieu to professional basketball.

But two lucky fans will be able to get into the gym for pittance compared to the exorbitant sums others will be paying as Bryant himself has offered up tickets to the game in an effort to raise money for a handful of charities. And these aren’t just tickets fo regular, run-of-the-mill seats, either. These tickets will get said two fans courtside.

The charitable drive is part of a partnership between Bryant and charitable platform Omaze. All entrants have to do to qualify for a drawing to win the tickets is donate a minimum $10 and they’re entered. All proceeds will benefit The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation, the Positive Coaching Alliance and the After-School All-Stars of Los Angeles.

The lucky winners will receive:

  • Get Row A, center court tickets to the final Lakers home game of the season in Los Angeles
  • High-five Kobe and the Lakers team as they run out on the court
  • Get flown to LA and put up in a 4-star hotel

Other drawings will take place as part of the drive to raise funds as well, including giving fans the chance to win an autographed basketball or go home with an autographed pair of Kobe XI Elite Low Nike shoes.

Given that PBT’s Kurt Helin notes the cheapest seat on StubHub is currently going for $700, and that’s for up in the nosebleeds behind a basket. The lower bowl of the arena? That will run fans at least $2,000 per seat and up.

Courtside? Most folks can go ahead and forget about it, which makes this contest essentially the only chance to be there in person for Kobe’s last game.

Only 23 days remain to enter.