Kobe Bryant shared a lengthy embrace with Carmelo Anthony and made his way toward the exit, tapping his chest and waving to the fans.
It may have been goodbye for now.
Quite possibly, it was goodbye for good.
Bryant got the cheers but not the victory in what might have been his last game at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-95 on Sunday.
He already loved the place even before scoring his first point in the NBA here nearly two decades ago, and the only thing that's changed now is how much the fans love him back.
"I can remember my first game coming in here, not knowing what the hell to expect and what to do,...