LOOK: The Jazz fulfill Kobe Bryant's wish with an awesome retirement gift

In January, Kobe Bryant was whimsically talking to his former teammate Rick Fox about his upcoming retirement and lamented the fact that he has never gone skiing before. Perhaps hearing about the absence of skiing in Bryant's life, the Utah Jazz presented the Los Angeles Lakers star with a number of ski-themed retirement gifts on Monday.

Before Bryant played his final game in Utah (one of the final nine games of his career), the Jazz gave him a season pass to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and a pair of skis and custom fitting from Salomon. They also gave Bryant several more outdoorsy themed gifts:

While other teams may have given Bryant some unique gifts, the Jazz clearly went outside the box and gifted the Lakers star an experience that he'll probably remember for the rest of his life. These are actual gifts Bryant may use, instead of the pieces of memorabilia other teams gave him which may just end up somewhere in his house. And now, thanks to the Jazz, Bryant can go skiing, something he has been looking forward to doing once he retires. 

Kobe is happy to go skiing in Utah.
Kobe is happy to go skiing in Utah. (Twitter)

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