It was also twice NBA leading scorer (2006, 2007) Y 2008 regular season MVP.
Bryant, who is at the level of other emblematic players of the Lakers such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or Earvin “Magic” Johnson, was a key piece of United States national teamwho won the gold medal in the Olympic Games Beijing 2008after defeating Spain 118-107 in the Final.
Let the world see this video. It is certainly to remember
Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)
20 seasons in the #NBA5 rings and 2 gold medals in the Olympic Games.
— Maihen (@MaihenH) January 26, 2020
After the departure of one of its greatest figures, the community of both the nba as well as the world of sport in general remembered the impact of their friend, rival and in some cases, idol.
In the ceremony held by the Lakers in 2020, Lebron Jamesplayer with the Lakers and who dedicated his last title to Kobespoke tearfully of the legacy of his friend and mentor.
I know that at some point we all have a memory of Kobe (Bryant), but for me this is a celebration, this is a celebration of 20 years of sweat, blood, tears, work, sacrifice and the determination that he did with everything his being. Today we celebrate the king who came here at the age of 18 and retired at the age of 38.
“Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years.” pic.twitter.com/0sS7e91cuz
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 1, 2020
Michael Jordanfor many the best player in history after passing through the Chicago Bullsadded during the same ceremony:
There was a way that I could bring out the best in you, and he did that for me.
“There was a way he could bring out the best in you, and he did that for me.” –Michael Jordan on Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/7O7sRRLERt
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 24, 2020
Doc Riverswho for many years faced kobe from the bench with the boston celticshe could not help crying, remembering who deprived his team of multiple victories.
It reached a lot of people. Looking at my young players and seeing how emotional they were (over his death), they know. He tells you the range he had. These news were painful.
Today, three years after his death, the legacy of The Black Mamba remains as present as ever among fans of staves, and is remembered as one of the great figures of international sport.
Three years without Kobe Bryant. ♾ Mamba pic.twitter.com/1QWcCI32UU
– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 26, 2023
(With information from Aristegui News)