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Watch Flea shred the US national anthem before Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game

It’s a huge day for basketball fans. So huge that Golden State Warriors’ record-breaking 73-9 season is no way near the biggest story of the day. Lakers icon Kobe Bryant played his final NBA game, marking the end of an era in US sports history. And what better way to mark the occasion than having Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea perform ‘Star Spangled Banner’ solo, on bass.

The result is a performance that is a touching rendition of noise (and not nearly enough slap bass) that is almost 100 percent responsible for Kobe’s star 60-point turn in his final outing. Please stand in respectful silence as you watch footage of Flea in action below.