Whether it's no. 8 or 24 that he's wearing, Kobe Bryant will always be number one in the hearts of die-hard fans. Throughout his storied NBA career, we have seen it all from the Black Mamba. From clutch shot after clutch shot, up to leading his Lakers team to a total of five NBA championships, and ultimately retiring as the 4th overall all-time points leader in the association, he has left no stone unturned. Taking the sports world by storm beginning in the 96-97 season, Kobe came out straight from Lower Merion High School to the big league at the young age of 17. Fans and insiders may have hailed him as the next Jordan but he has proved tons of occasions that he owns his own brand.
Known for his killer Mamba mentality, kids and pros alike have desired to emulate Kobe Bryant's approach to the game. His accolades are a proof of his tireless work ethic and relentless demeanor to create the perfect basketball player. Winning multiple NBA championships, a Finals MVP twice, a regular season MVP, All-Star game MVPs, and even a dunk contest trophy are just some of those that contribute to his best on-court moments. Up to Kobe Bryant's last game in 2016, he has given all that he has got to the game and fans surely want more. Unfortunately, Bryant met his untimely demise, leaving sports fans around the world heartbroken. While we await for his sure first ballot Hall-of-Fame induction, let's give a salute to one of basketball's biggest icons on and off the hard court. Scroll down to relive the most memorable games of Kobe Bryant's stellar career.
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