Kobe Bryant sits down for first post-retirement interview, plays prank with Ellen DeGeneres

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Now that Kobe Bryant's retired, he's ready to have a good time! The former L.A. Laker made his first post-retirement televised interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.

Bryant seemed to be in good spirits after his record-smashing final game earlier this month.

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"I couldn't believe that it actually happened, that this moment was actually here, that this was the game," he said of the night he scored 60 points.

And though the 37-year-old claimed he was calm the morning of his last hurrah, Bryant noted that everything changed when he entered the Staples Center.

"When I walked in the arena and you can kind of feel the electricity, you just kind of start getting nostalgic," he said. "Then you realize everybody (is) here to watch this final game – don't suck."

Even Bryant's two daughters, Natalia and Gianna, were impressed by his performance.

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"It was like, 'Dad where did that come from?' and I was like, 'Honey, I used to be pretty good back in the day.'"

These days Bryant is enjoying some fun off the court, which was obvious during a hidden camera prank he did for the talk show host. In the hilarious clip, DeGeneres called an esthetician to consult with Bryant about his "excessive sweating."

Copying the host's lines word-for-word, Bryant said, "Let me explain the sweating. It starts on my upper cheek, my left upper cheek, my buttocks. It starts dipping down to my knee, then it drips upwards. It goes up, up, up to my ear and wraps around my neck. Then from there it's like a shower."

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) tries to drive against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledges the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant smiles to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, foreground, and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood pause during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant watches during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Magic Johnson speaks about Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reaches for the ball in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles and claps before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs head coach Byron Scott before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, takes the court for his final NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A street vendor sells a commemorative Kobe Bryant hat in downtown Los Angeles outside Staples Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Under heavy guard, fans get to pose with the five Lakers championship trophies Bryant helped the Lakers win, before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Michael Anderson Jr., left, stands next to his father, Michael, during a fan festival honoring Kobe Bryant's career, outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Fans sign a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A fan signs a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fans sing and dance during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Fans gather outside Staples Center before Kobe Bryant played his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fan Carlos Hernandez from Acapulco, Mexlco holds a sign reading: "Goodbye Friend, Mexico Loves You," during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he arrives for the last NBA basketball game of his career, against Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Josie Zhang, left, displays the engagement ring just given to her by Jerry Yu after he proposed outside Staples Center as fans gathered to celebrate before Kobe Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Both are originally from Shanghai but now live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Workers set up an inflatable Kobe Bryant model for a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. It's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Messages are written on a board during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. It's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 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. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to journalists, Mike Tirico and Lisa Salters before the game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 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 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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