5 NBA players who will probably get a better retirement tour than Kobe Bryant

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The Kobe Files: Tales from Staples Center

Even since current Los Angeles Laker and future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant announced his retirement on November 29, 2015, the league and their fans have given the Black Mamba plenty of love: Standing ovations from visiting fans, props from opponents and cool homages galore.

Nonetheless, there's something missing.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving's respective retirement tours had a sense of warmth and fuzziness about them, whereas Kobe's has been more respectful than celebratory. (This can be attributed to the fact that he's positioned himself as an NBA villain, so if he's bummed about the lack of warmth and fuzziness, he has nobody to blame but himself.) Over the next several years, a handful of beloved—or, in some cases, mostly beloved—NBA stars will be shutting it down, some of whom will likely be showered with gifts, flowers, tears and rocking chairs.

Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs

STEPHEN CURRY

The reigning MVP still has several zillion blurry-fast jump shots left in the tank before calling it a career, but considering his standing with fans, the corporate world and the NBA, come 2026, he's in for the farewell of a lifetime.

Dallas Mavericks v Minnesota Timberwolves

DIRK NOWITZKI

You'd have to look long and hard to find anybody who would go on record with anything negative about the beloved German Maverick. Aside from the fact that he forever altered the power forward position, he's a respectful and respectable opponent and teammate who made an indelible mark on the NBA throughout the world.

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

TIM DUNCAN

Like Dirk, the Big Fundamental is a highly esteemed symbol of all that's good about not just the NBA, but professional sports as a whole, thanks to his work ethic, his ability and desire to counsel his younger teammates and his seemingly eternal greatness. Maybe you agree that he's the best power forward the game has ever seen and maybe you don't, but it's impossible to argue that he's one of the finest individuals to ever lace 'em up.

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

DWYANE WADE

He has rings, he has resilience, he has cute kids and his place in Springfield, Massachusetts is assured. The NBA Nation is already working on their BYE-BYE, D-WADE, WE MISS YOU & LOVE YOU signs.

Cleveland Ohio

LEBRON JAMES

Okay, LeBron's had some missteps and has been known, on occasion, to put his foot in his mouth, but whenever he commits a gaffe, he goes out of his way to make up for it, be it staging a fantastic charity event or making an endearingly awkward appearance on Saturday Night Live. Sure, he has his detractors, but when he hangs them up in five or so years, folks will be lining up to kiss his XIII iDs.

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Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference Friday, July 12, 1996, at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers Thursday in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers soars for a dunk during the 1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on February 8, 1997 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant(L) and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan(R) talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter 17 December at the United Center in Chicago. Bryant, who is 19 and bypassed college basketball to play in the NBA, scored a team-high 33 points off the bench, and Jordan scored a team-high 36 points. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 104-83. AFP PHOTO VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks during the 1998 NBA All-Star Game played on February 8, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
03/02/98 - MCI Center - Lakers' Kobie Bryant(L) listens to teammate Shaquille O'Neal as they sit on the bench during game against the Wizards. - Photo By Rich Lipski TWP (Photo by Rich Lipski/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
USA - 1999: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a layup during a 1999 NBA game. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures to the crowd at the end of the second period against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 10, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 19: Shaquille O'Neal #34 and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers pose with Lakers legend Magic Johnson after winning the NBA Championship trophy after defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the 2000 NBA Finals on June 19, 2000 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reaches back for a rebound during the first half of game four of the Western Conference semifinals against the Sacramento Kings Sunday, May 13, 2001, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won the game, 119-113, to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)
28 Dec 2001: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers chilling out before their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licence Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE. Mandatory Credit: Catherine Steenkeste/ NBAE/ Getty Images
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, right, slips around the defense of San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen during the first quarter of the season opener Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant points at teammate Robert Horry, not shown, during their 98-82 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates victory following Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won the National Basketball Association championships defeating Orlando 99-86 for their 15th title and first since 2002. Bryant had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Lakers completed a four-games-to-one victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 27: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for the shot over Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons during the game at Staples Center on February 27, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Pistons 95-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: 2003 NBAE. (Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - MAY 7: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers answers questions from the press after Game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at SBC Center on May 7, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 114-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is fouled as he drives between Milwaukee Bucks' T.J. Ford, left, and Joe Smith in the first quarter Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting the game-winning basket in the Lakers' 101-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Bryant was in court for a pretrial hearing on his sexual assualt charge in Eagle, Colo., earlier Friday and missed the first quarter. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, yells at referee Tony Brown about a foul call during the second half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday night, Nov. 12, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant flies to the basket for two points against the Houston Rockets' during the first quarter of their first-round Western Conference NBA playoff game Monday, Apr. 19, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif.. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter in an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) celebrates as he walks off the basketball court with teammate Smush Parker after defeating the Phoenix Suns 99-98 in overtime, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant misses a layup during an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday, April 23, 2006, in Phoenix. Bryant, who went 7-21 in shooting, had 22 points as the Suns won 107-102 to go up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, TOP, goes up for a shot between the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after a foul was called in the Lakers' favor during their 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, LEFT, tries to keep the ball away from Phoenix Suns' Raja Bell during the first half of their first round Western Conference NBA playoff game, Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant attempts a free throw during a basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, as forward Bruce Bowen (12) and guard Tony Parker (9), of France, look on during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Kobe Bryant talks during a media availability at an NBA All-Star basketball game event in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, gestures as Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons (15) looks on after their NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in Los Angeles. The Lakers 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, comes down with the ball as New Orleans Hornets' James Posey is called for a personal and technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts up a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 92-75. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant signals teammates during a time out against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. The Lakers won in double overtime 112-103. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
President Barack Obama stands with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 2009 NBA basketball champions Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 102-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives toward the basket during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 92-89. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2012, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers, from left, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, of Spain, pause during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt. Nash has played in only 65 games since the Lakers traded four draft picks for him in 2012 in a spectacularly failed attempt to assemble a title contender built around Bryant, Howard, Gasol and Nash. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, gets double teamed by Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) and center JaVale McGee, right, as he drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers attends a promotional event with fans in a stadium in Shanghai, China, Monday August 3, 2015. (AP Photo)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 120-108. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he arrives for the last NBA basketball game of his career, against thw Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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