Kobe Bryant: Tribute to One of Basketball’s Greatest

Kobe Bryant as a Lower Merion Ace. (Pete Bannan photo)

Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is ending his career today. Lets look back to his life and his accomplishments. He started his career in 1996 as a first round pick (Pick 13), straight out of high school, to the lakers. He played his whole career playing for the gold and purple, something not many other players can say. He is at the top in basketball history, with more championships and MVPs that the rest can only dream of. He became the franchise, representing the team, what was happening with the team, ultimately was reflected on him. The phrase “KOBE!” is synonymous with a perfect shot. Think about it, just screaming a person’s name reflects perfection in a sport. No one screams, “TIGER” when they sink a put or “Manning” when a pass is completed. There is a lot to say about that. With this being said, let’s let the stats, highlights, and pictures speak for themselves.



Highlights & Awards:


 NBA champion (2000200220092010)

 NBA Finals MVP (20092010)

NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)

18× NBA All-Star (199820002016)

 NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002200720092011)

11× All-NBA First Team (2002200420062013)

 All-NBA Second Team (20002001)

 All-NBA Third Team (19992005)

 NBA All-Defensive First Team (20002003200420062011)

 NBA All-Defensive Second Team (200120022012)

 NBA scoring champion (20062007)

NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)

Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer

Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)


2008 Beijing – USA Team

2012 London – USA Team



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