Last night was one of the rare times the Air Canada Centre’s media room was transformed into a stage for a press conference for a visiting player.

Needless to say, it was well-deserved and needed.

More than 50 members of the media and far too many video cameras packed into a small area to hear Kobe Bryant talk about his legacy, finally losing the battle to Father Time, the importance of going out on his own terms and how growing up in Europe impacted his development as a basketball player.