Bryant — a fiery competitor — has always been a marquee player and league ambassador since his entry into the NBA in 1996. Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, Bryant was later traded to the Lakers the same day for Vlade Divac and instantly entrenched himself as a Laker great.
Bryant forged a Laker dynasty with Shaq in the early 2000’s after they steamrolled past the their adversaries and won three titles. After their messy divorce back in 05, Bryant was on his own and shouldered the burden of being a top dog.
Despite having a meager roster, Bryant usurped the throne of being the next Jordan when he averaged 35.4 in 05-06 and 31.4 in 06-07. During that span, Kobe did the unthinkable by scorching the Toronto Raptors in Jan. 22, 2006, for 81 big ones.