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Daily Buzz: Kobe’s Last Game, Jim Harbaugh’s suggestion for the NCAA, and a new attitude at Wrigley

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Tonight’s Lakers-Jazz matchup will be the last in a long line of horrible games for the gold and yellow in the 2016 season but perhaps the most important non-important game in Laker history. Kobe Bryant’s last game after 20 seasons will be played on a court with newly adorned 8 and 24 numbers on the hardwood, brought in special for tonight’s game.

Meanwhile, Nike basketball has promoted #MambaDay on Twitter and Nike.com/mambaday  in celebration of Kobe’s last game.

In a new “This is SportsCenter” promo, Kenny Mayne gets the office to sign Kobe’s going away card. ESPN.

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ESPN2 will have Kobe’s game opposite of ESPN’s coverage of Warriors quest for 73 wins tonight against the Grizzlies at Oracle Arena in Oakland where the Warriors are 38-2 this season.

Here’s what Steph Curry said after practice Tuesday, via the Associated Press:

“I knew what it was but you never really thought about it in perspective of anybody chasing it. It was kind of that number that was out there that seemed invincible,” Curry said.

“Even at the beginning of this year, even when we started 24-0, it was kind of: ‘Well, maybe we can do it. We’re going to keep playing every night with the intention of winning as many games as possible,’ but it just sounded kind of ludicrous, 72-10, how much good play has to go into it. We’re there now, 72-9, and we’ve got one more chance to beat it.”

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh had some choice words for the NCAA after the collegiate governing body eliminated satellite camps such as the one Harbaugh held at IMG academy in Bradenton, FL.

Via Campus Rush.com/SI.com

 “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again,” Harbaugh told Sports Illustrated.

“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh continued.

“They power-brokered that out. … The image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”

Jim further suggested, “I suggest we drop the term student-athlete.”

“It takes chutzpah for a team that hasn’t won the World Series in 107 years to add a “celebration room” to its new clubhouse digs,” writes Paul Sulivan of the Chicago Tribune regarding the new improvements at Wrigley field, and a new attitude on the north side.

In Golf circles, Bryson DeChambeau has been on the scene for a few months now as a really good amateur. Golf Digest declared in September, ” Bryson DeChambeau Is One Crazy Good Amateur

DeChabeau got the attention of everyone at the Masters both with his stylish dress and his single plane swing. He studied the 1969 book “The golfing machine” and uses a single plane swing that would make the likes of traditional golf swing scientists somewhat cringe.  USA TODAY has more.

Colorado Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story has turned heads with his major league-leading seven home runs in 31 at-bats. Story was cooled off a bit Tuesday in San Francisco going 0-4. Meanwhile another youngster is not far behind, Reds starting third baseman Eugenio Suarez has four home runs and is hitting .375 to start the season.

If the NBA Playoffs began today, here’s your matchups:

East: 1 vs 8 Miami vs Detroit 2 vs 7 Toronto vs Indiana 3 vs 6 Miami vs Charlotte 4 vs 5 Atlanta vs Boston

West: 1 vs 8 Golden State vs Houston 2 vs 7 San Antonio vs Memphis 3 vs 6 Oklahoma City vs Dallas 4 vs 5 Los Angeles Clippers vs Portland