The late Kobe Bryant, considered one of the five greatest players in NBA history, played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years and accumulated an astonishing list of achievements:
Major NBA Records
Most points scored in the modern NBA.
While playing against the Toronto Raptors on the 22nd of January 2006, Kobe scored a record 81 points. He scored 14,12,27 and 28 in the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the game, respectively becoming the second-highest player who made the highest individual score in the history of the NBA.
The youngest player in the All-Star game: At the tender age of 19 years, Kobe broke the record by becoming the youngest player to start in an NBA All-Star game in 1998.
Most NBA All-Star MVP awards: Betting on the game’s MVP is one of the most popular NBA picks. Kobe picked up four MVP awards, becoming the top NBA All-Star player with the most MVP awards in 2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011. However, he shares this title with Bob Pettit, who also won four NBA All-Star MVP awards in 1956, 1958, 1959, and 1962.
Most numbers of points scored, turnovers, and free throws converted: Bryant made 33,643 points, 8,378 free throws, and 4,010 completed turnovers. All three achievements are NBA records for his position.
Most number of All-NBA team honors: Bryant is a 15-time holder of the prestigious All-NBA Team Honors. Other basketball legends who have the award are LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Kobe captured nine all-defensive first-team honors: The All-Defensive First Team is the award for the division’s best defenders. Bryant won the award nine times just like his fellow basketball players Michael Jordan, Kevin Garnett, and Gary Payton.
Most points scored in a single basketball arena: Bryant, in his 20 seasons with the Lakers, made 16,161 points at the Staples Center, becoming the only player in NBA history to achieve that record.
The oldest player to score 60 points in a game: Bryant broke the record by becoming the oldest player to score 60 points in one game when playing against the Utah Jazz. The game was his final game as he quit professional basketball afterward before being involved in a fatal plane crash that claimed his life.
Non-Basketball Related Attributes:
After the untimely death, many came to understand that Kobe was not only pleasing in the basketball arena but also a statesman who was devoted to improving other people’s life, and more importantly a devoted and loving father.
Common non-basketball related attributes of Kobe include:
● He was the official ambassador for the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) an American non-profit organization. The organizations’ main task was providing after-school programs to kids. The non-profit organization had 13 branches in 13 U.S. cities.
● He was the founder of the Kobe Bryant China Fund. The charity fund was run in collaboration with the Chinese federal government and was established mainly to raise money to improve education and health in China.
● Kobe and Zach Braff donated $1 million to the Call of Duty Endowment charity. The main aim is to help military veterans change into civilian careers.
● Bryant, in conjunction with his wife Vanessa, set up the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF), which focuses on helping homeless people.
His Final Journey
Bryant, who was with, his daughter Gianna, Ara Zobayan, the pilot, and six other friends were involved in a horrific airplane crash that claimed all their lives.
To remember the big legend, a special has been set aside and dedicated to his remembrance.
Kobe wore a Lakers jersey with the numbers 8 and 24 in his 20-year basketball career; hence Kobe Bryant Day was set on the 24th of August.
California Congresswoman Michelle Steel, who was behind the legislation that set aside a special day for Kobe’s remembrance, says it is a day to remember the legend and encourage the generations to have big dreams.
Kobe Bryant Day 2021
Kobe Bryant Day was celebrated earlier this year on the 8th of August 2021. The day was marked by his loyal fans rocking the Lakers jersey with the numbers 8 and 24. People also followed in his lifestyle by doing activities that he loved doing or listening to his most loved playlist. There are also numerous murals in different parts of the world where people attended in his remembrance.