A career for the ages. A basketball icon. 20 season, 2 numbers, 1 team, 1 KOBE.
From Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, with the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA draft, the Charlotte Hornets select Kobe Bryant. That night, the NBA gained one of its best players. Kobe Bryant.
Three week later, the Hornets traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers where he played his whole career. Bryant’s resume is one many NBA players would love to have. 5 NBA Championships, 1999-2001 and 2008-2009, is just the beginning. Remember, he was also the Finals MVP for two of those and was the regular season MVP for the 2007-2008 season. His 17 straight All-Star appearances is second on the all-time list only trailing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bryant was selected MVP of four of those All-Star games. Bryant has been selected to the NBA First Team 11 times and twice on both Second and Third team. Go ahead and add 9 NBA All-Defensive team and 3 Second team selects to his list of accomplishments. Bryant has lead the NBA in scoring twice in his career. He also won the Slam Dunk contest in 1997.
Many players would be satisfied with that part of his career, but there is still more. Kobe is the first guard to play 20 seasons in NBA history. He is also the first player to have at least 30,000 points and 6,000 assists. This includes 24 games with at least 50 points and 5 games with at least 60 points. Included in this is the 81 point game he had against the Toronto Raptors which is the second highest in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point night.
To sum up his career, I leave you with this…
“Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”