USA Today Sports Kobe Bryant Thank You Sign

Kobe Bryant exited in emphatic fashion with a 60-point explosion Wednesday night. But it was really an all-day affair in downtown Los Angeles where the atmosphere resembled Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Early in the morning, workers plastered the exterior of Staples Center with tribute posters. Hours before tip-off, fans flooded the streets and sidewalks outside the arena. Here are some memorable scenes:

Kobe Bryant Finale

Related Story: Kobe Bryant ... Season By Season

Story continues below