Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is playing against the New York Knicks today, in what might be his last game at Madison Square Garden.

New York Knicks (2-4)
Los Angeles Lakers (1-4)
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3:30 PM
Madison Square Garden

By Chip Murphy

The New York Knicks welcome Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers into the Garden tonight in what could be his final game in New York’s most famous arena.

Actually, he’ll be playing at The World’s Most Famous Arena – Madison Square Garden.

The struggles of Bryant have been well documented. He is shooting just 32% from the floor and 21% from behind the three point line. His 16 points per game average are almost meaningless when you factor in that he is putting up 15 shots per game. His team has sputtered out to an 0-4 start before being lucky enough to play the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. With the emergence of Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle, the media is calling for Kobe Bryant to take a step back. Still, if there were ever going to be a game were he would break out of his epic slump it would be this one.

The future Hall of Famer loves the spotlight that playing at the Garden gives him. In 2009, he set the record for points scored at the current arena with 61. He beat the opponent’s record of 55 set by his playing idol Michael Jordan and the overall record set by Knicks’ legend Bernard King. In 15 career games at the Garden, Kobe Bryant averages 30.7 points. Not surprisingly that’s the highest among active players.

Expect one of Kobe’s best games of the season. Expect 25-30 shots as the crowd roars for him. He will undoubtedly get the largest response during lineup introductions.

Playing in front of former Lakers Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Sasha Vujacic while going against his good friend Carmelo Anthony while give Bryant all the motivation he needs.

This is Kobe Bryant’s game. It just happens to be on the opponent’s court.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.