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– A Legend of the Basketball Game

Kobe Bryant born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation. During his 20-year career with the Lakers, he became one of the NBA's most popular players winning a record four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards and was also a two-time NBA scoring champion and 12 All-Defensive selections. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist with the dominant U.S. team and retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final NBA game. Kobe Bryant is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time who transcended basketball and sport. For the entire two decades, Kobe Bryant was ruling the basketball court and was one of the most dominating forces in the NBA.

Kobe was not a stranger to the game of basketball, his father was a professional basketball player. He started shooting hoops from the age of three years and earned national recognition in high school. He was the second youngest NBA player in the history of the game. Bryant for several years competed with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal for the title of Lakers' greatest player. After the exit of the talented O'neal from the team, he was able to prove his brilliance in the game of basketball and led the Lakers to two consecutive championships. Leading the Lakers to multiple championship series wins, his moves were rarest that basketball enthusiasts had not seen since Michael Jordan. His fans miss him watching on the basketball court.

Popularly referred to as the Black Mamba, Bryant played his 20-season career in the National Basketball Association with the Los Angeles Lakers. He directly entered the NBA from high school and won five NBA championships. Remarkable achievements are credited to his name, right from an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, to the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player, he has received all. He was not only the greatest NBA player of all-time but also an icon in the sports world, who besides his astounding success on the basketball court was also acknowledged for a ceaseless work ethic and incredible drive.

The impact of Kobe Bryant was not only felt on the basketball court but also in the communities he has touched in his 20-year career. He granted the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and had appeared for Make-A-Wish more than 100 times over 20 years. He also volunteered for America's Boys & Girls Club, hosting basketball camps. He even participated in the league's NBA Cares initiatives to help build homes and basketball courts, stocked food pantries, and support reading initiatives. He was the official spokesman for After-School-All-Stars, a national children's charity providing after-school programs to 72,000 kids.

He influenced and touched the lives of millions across the world through his inspirational quotes on life, sports, failure, and success. Kobe's popular quotes help people to overcome their every challenge and be successful in life. Kobe Bryant's work ethic, his desire to win, competitive edge, and refusal to fail made for some brilliant inspirational quotes. The vacuum created with his sudden loss in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020, is not going to fill soon, and now his life and rich legacy can only be remembered through his words.


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