Flea Performs National Anthem at Kobe Bryant's Final Game: Watch

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Flea performs the national anthem before the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.

When you're a basketball legend like Kobe Bryant, you play your final game in style. At Wednesday's game, this meant scoring a season-high 60 points with a court side crowded by celebrities from Kanye West to Jay Z and a pre-game national anthem performance from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea

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The bass player's funky rock rendition was an interesting one, to say the least, and was not well received by all. (Watch it below.) Though Bryant seemed pleased enough with Flea's performance, several fans and media outlets criticized the bass cover, with the New York Daily News even going so far as to add it to a list of worst national anthem performances. 

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For Flea's part, he hasn't let the haters get him down. When TMZ caught up with him after the game, he told them with pride, "I rocked that shit." 

In an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the game, Flea spoke about his admiration for the Lakers player. "I've watched, listened to or at least read about pretty much every game that Kobe Bryant played his entire career," he said. "I see someone who put a lot of stock in discipline and work ethic and nurturing his creativity. I just have always respected him so much -- even when he was young and arrogant and foolish and you know, arguably self-centered. He's always meant so much to me."


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