Kobe Bryant: Laker for Life

Kobe Bryant: Laker for Life

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1629373710

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


After 20 unforgettable years in the NBA, Kobe Bryant has called it a career. All he’s done in those two decades is establish himself as one of the best to ever play the game, arguably the greatest Laker ever and the most popular athlete in the history of Los Angeles sports. The Black Mamba’s path to iconic status started quietly as the 13th pick of the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but with a draft day trade to the legendary Lakers, the rest is resounding history. Kobe’s credentials are impeccable with five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, one NBA regular season MVP, 18 All-Star game appearances and countless other accolades to his name. Kobe Bryant: Laker for Life is the ultimate tribute to the Lakers superstar as he concludes his legendary career, covering 20 years of hardwood genius. Including dozens of full-color photographs, fans are provided a glimpse into the early days of Kobe’s career, bursting onto the NBA scene winning the Slam Dunk Contest to his individual brilliance and NBA titles with the Lakers to his celebratory swan song through the league during his final season. A must-have keepsake for Lakers fans and Kobe aficionados alike, Kobe Bryant: Laker for Life is the perfect commemoration of a Los Angeles icon. This limited hardcover edition features exclusive coverage of Kobe’s unforgettable final game.

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hear that stuff anymore.” Bryant was selected the winner of the Bill Russell Award as the Most Valuable Player of the Finals. He averaged 32.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.4 assists in five games and earned the honor for the first time in six trips to the championship round. O’Neal was named the Finals MVP in each of the Lakers’ victories earlier this decade. He was traded to the Miami Heat after the Lakers’ loss to Detroit, when management revamped the roster in dramatic fashion in the summer

said Rob Schwartz, then a 5-foot-7 junior. “He kept charging me. I ran as fast as I could out of the gym and out into the hallway until I realized he wasn’t chasing me anymore.” But the Aces attribute Bryant’s intensity as crucial in the Aces’ rise from his freshman year (4-20), sophomore season (20-6), junior season (26-5, state quarterfinals) and senior season (31-3, state championship). A short time later Bryant announced, “I have decided to skip college and take my talents to the NBA.”

over again when I was getting ready for the next game.” Despite Downer saying in jest the Aces “were a Kobe Bryant ankle sprain from being an average team,” he and his players point to the team’s success following his departure as evidence the program doesn’t solely rely on Bryant’s legacy. Likewise, Young said Lower Merion followed Bryant’s instructions not to make its refurbished gym into what he called “a shrine.” The rest of the gym showcases billboard-sized photographs depicting the rest of

there were teammates standing wide open just a few feet away from him. Kobe hits a game-tying three, late in the Lakers’ Game 2 NBA Finals victory over the Pistons in 2004. It is one of many indelible crunch-time memories that Kobe provided. (L.A. Daily News: Hans Gutknecht) But as the years unfolded, he was willing to do the necessary re-writes. And by the time Jackson was written back into the script and characters like Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest were added, Kobe showed us he could

history Wednesday, completing a four-game Finals sweep of the New Jersey Nets with a 113-107 victory at Continental Airlines Arena. Three years, three championships, three boisterous celebrations. If this is all somehow getting to be to routine, no one with the Lakers is complaining. “It keeps getting better and better every year,” said Brian Shaw, his “NBA Champions” hat askew, his black-and-purple leather “Three-peat” jacket still stiff. The first two championships, over Indiana and

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