Remembering the Great Kobe Bryant


Courtesy Tribune News Service

Bryant waves to the crowd after a recent Lakers vs. Sixers game

DeShawn Smith, Staff Reporter

There’s always the inevitable question, who is better, Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan? Whatever you choose, that is your opinion–sometimes based on how old you are. Bryant’s NBA career is coming to an end, with only a couple of days left until retirement. With the Black Mamba’s retirement on the way let’s go back and remember the moments Kobe had in the NBA.   

Scores 81 in a Single Game: First of all let’s not forget about the game where Kobe scored 81 points in a single NBA game. It was on January 22, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, when the Black Mamba went to this unseen level. Kobe played 42 minutes out of 48, scored 81 of course (28-46 shooting which is 60.9%), six rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and three turnovers.    

Making two free throws after tearing achilles tendon: Playing against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, 2013, Kobe tore his left Achilles tendon. No one is invincible, but some have more heart than others–Kobe being Kobe, he wanted to shoot his two free throws. He made both and walked off the court. Laker’s trainer said that was his “gutsiest” moment.   

Made NBA MVP: Kobe Bryant wins the MVP award in the season of 2007-2008. This is the most prestigious award in the whole NBA league. Kobe averaged 28.3 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game, and 5.4 assists per game.   

Winning the Dunk Contest: In 1997, Kobe has won the All Star Dunk Contest. With a first round score of 37 and a final round score of 49, which is good out of 50. He beat Chris Carr and Michael Finley in the final round.   

Five NBA Championships: A goal every team hopes to achieve and strive for is the NBA Championship. Kobe has won five through his twenty seasons played. Winning three with Shaquille O’Neal and two with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. He was just short of tying Michael Jordan’s six Championships.

Four All Star MVPS: Winning the All Star MVP four times just proves he is the best of the best. Winning the All Star MVP means you won the MVP over all the star players that have been elected to star studded game.

Two time Gold medalist in Olympics: Kobe has won two gold medals with team USA. Playing alongside Lebron James, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony. He has won it in 2008 and 2012.

Holds NBA record for most threes in a game: January 7, 2003,  Kobe Bryant has gotten 36 points off of strictly threes. With this showing he has broken the nba record with 12 three point shots. Kobe started the game off with a hot hand by hitting nine three-pointers in a row. He ended that night with 45 points.

Third in  All Time NBA Leading Scorer: In all of NBA history (so far), Kobe is the third in all-time scoring. He has, as of April 7 of this year, 33,521 points. He is trailing behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#1 with 38,387 points) and Karl Malone (#2 with 36,928 points)  

20 Seasons: With his illustrious career coming to an end, Kobe has broken the Lakers franchise record and NBA record for seasons played for a single franchise. He went through a lot of struggles and pains, but ended up being an icon in the NBA. The math: two jersey numbers (8 and 24), two Gold Medals, five championship rings, 1 MVP = One Kobe Bryant.