4 Unforgettable Moments in Kobe Bryant’s NBA Career
Kobe Bryant left many unforgettable moments in the world of NBA basketball before being killed in a helicopter crash.
Here are four of the most unforgettable moments from the life of Kobe Bryant. The sad news comes from the world of sports, when one of the best basketball legends ever, Kobe Bryant, was reportedly killed in a helicopter crash in the Calabasas area, California, United States, on Sunday (01/26/20) morning local time.
The death of Kobe Bryant suddenly left tremendous grief, not only from among the most popular sports in the United States.
Not surprisingly, there was great grief. Because as a basketball player, the name Kobe Bryant is so fragrant with various achievements and records that he has been able to make for 20 years, since 1996.
For this reason, we try to summarize some of the records and achievements that the 41-year-old man made in 4 unforgettable moments in Kobe Bryant’s career.
The start of Kobe Bryant’s career is clearly the first moment that will be hard to forget, especially for himself.
Because Bryant’s decision to plunge into a professional basketball player was also marked with big stakes.
With the potential he aimed at Lower Merion High School, Philadelphia, Bryant received many offers from the university upon graduation. However, Kobe Bryant unexpectedly rejected all of the offers and instead chose to jump into an NBA career.
Kobe Bryant’s choice was not wrong. The Charlotte Hornets chose him in the order of 13 in the 1996 NBA Draft. But fate led to another place. Before he had time to don the Hornets uniform, Bryant was swapped to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of Vlade Divac’s move to the Hornets.
And in L.A. The Lakers were Kobe Bryant’s NBA career, which began in 1996 until he remained in a team until 2016.
5 Times NBA Champion
During his 20-year career in the NBA basketball world, Kobe Bryant successfully won five titles with one team, L.A. Lakers.
But it took three years for Kobe Bryant to feel his first title in the NBA since he first started as a professional basketball player.
But the long wait for three years yielded extraordinary sweetness. Not only did Kobe Bryant get one title, but he has won three titles in a row for three seasons since the inaugural title in the 1999/2000 season.
After fasting for titles in the following six seasons, in the 2008/09 season, Kobe Bryant won the title again with L.A. Lakers. And another one season later to complete the achievements of his five championships throughout his career in the NBA.
2008 NBA MVP
Among his 20 years of stellar performances in the NBA, the 2007/2008 season is arguably the most special moment for Kobe Bryant. Because in that year, he successfully won the title as the best player during the season or Most Valuable Player (MVP).
It becomes very special because the MVP title is the first and the only thing that Kobe Bryant can get during his career in the NBA.
Throughout the season, Bryant performed brilliantly by scoring an average of 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists.
Unfortunately, Kobe Bryant could not juxtapose the MVP title with the title for his club L.A. Lakers.
Scored 81 Points
On January 22, 2006, Kobe Bryant successfully made an achievement that was considered impossible by many basketball players in the NBA, when he scored 81 points in just one game.
At that time, in a match against the Toronto Raptors, the basketball player nicknamed the Black Mamba scored a total of 81 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 42 minutes appearing on the field.
Bryant’s score only lost to NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, who could score 100 points in just one game. But in a much earlier era, the point was 1962.
“That (80 points) is really a testament to the power of the imagination. Many players don’t believe they can score 80 points. But I was never limited by that. I always thought 80, 90, and 100 points as possible,” he said—Bryant after the game.