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The Greatest Moments Of Kobe Bryant

The Greatest Moments of Kobe Bryant

The sporting world was shook to its core on Sunday when it was revealed that basketball icon, Kobe Bryant, had sadly passed away in a helicopter accident. The 41-year-old Philadelphian had wowed audiences throughout his lengthy career as an entertaining shooting guard and his death has touched millions with some of the world’s most recognisable names paying tribute to the LA Lakers legend. Here, SportPesa looks back at some of the most memorable moments of Bryant’s illustrious career.

Olympic Glory in Beijing

Kobe Bryant was set to be part of the 2004 Olympic team that was embarrassed in Athens, but his Olympic bow would come four years later when America was desperate to show the world that they were the best nation. Ultimately, it was Bryant’s immense contribution that allowed his country to capture gold and he repeated his Olympic success four years later when America once again took gold at the London Olympics.

Final Meeting With Michael Jordan

There were constant comparisons between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan throughout the former’s career and the last time they played against each other in 2003 saw Bryant put on a brilliant display. Jordan was finishing his career with the Washington Wizards and was way past his prime, but there was something of a torch passing in the fixture as Bryant contributed 55 points confirming that he was able to step into Jordan’s massive boots.

His First NBA Point

All great players have to start somewhere and for Kobe Bryant, it was the grandness of Madison Square Garden that saw his scoring career get underway. It was only a free throw and it was the only points Bryant managed that night, but his scoring run in the NBA was underway and there would be many more points coming his way.

81 Points in One Game

There were countless moments during Kobe Bryant’s stunning career that defied belief and one of them took place in January 2006 when his beloved LA Lakers took on the Toronto Raptors. On this night, Bryant took his profile and legacy to an altogether different level as he scored a staggering 81 points that left those viewing the feat in awe. There were numerous levels of genius to Bryant’s game and never was it on display more than this night.

Five Championships For Bryant

There were periods during Kobe Bryant’s career when he had no equal and this was demonstrated massively when observing his huge trophy haul. Alongside Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant was one half of one of basketball’s most devastating duo, but even after “Shaq’s” departure to Miami Heat, Bryant was able to maintain his dominance as his Lakers side captured further honours with Bryant confirming himself as the best player of his generation.

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