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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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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 - 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)
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
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)
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)
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