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The 20 Most Kobe Bryant Moments Of All Time

The Lakers legend ends a 20 year career tonight.

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1. When 12 teams passed on Kobe in the draft.

Okay, it was arguably the best draft class of all time, but Todd Fuller and Vitaly Potapenko got drafted before Kobe. Who? Exactly.
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Okay, it was arguably the best draft class of all time, but Todd Fuller and Vitaly Potapenko got drafted before Kobe. Who? Exactly.

2. When he went to prom with BRANDY.

It was 1996 and both stars were 18 years old. Wild times.
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It was 1996 and both stars were 18 years old. Wild times.

3. When he won the slam dunk contest as a rookie.

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And Brandy was there to cheer him on.

4. When he dueled Michael Jordan in the 1998 All-Star game.

It was Jordan's last season as a Chicago Bull and somewhat of a torch passing from one legend to another.
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It was Jordan's last season as a Chicago Bull and somewhat of a torch passing from one legend to another.

5. When he put out a rap song featuring Tyra Banks.

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Yup...

6. When he devastated the Blazers in the 2000 Western Conference Finals.

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Portland was up 15 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Bryant lead a comeback and sealed the game with this alley-oop to Shaq.

7. When he won his first championship (2000).

Kobe with the sweet bucket hat after defeating the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA finals.
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Kobe with the sweet bucket hat after defeating the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA finals.

8. When he won his second championship (2001).

Sick shades, bruh.
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Sick shades, bruh.

9. And scored a threepeat in 2002.

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10. When he outscored the entire Dallas Mavericks team for three quarters during a 2005 regular season game.

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When Kobe sat down after the third quarter on December 20th, 2005, he had 62 points. The Mavericks as a team had 61 points. This would be Kobe's career high until...

11. ...That time he dropped 81 points on the Raptors.

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Kobe's 81 points are the second most ever scored in an NBA game (second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962).

12. When he changed his number in the beginning of the 2006 season.

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Kobe never gave a direct reason for the change, but it didn't hurt jersey sales at all. And Kobe says he wants the Lakers to retire #24 rather than #8.

13. When he was league MVP in 2008.

Kobe averaged 28.3 points, 5.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2007-08 season, winning his first and only league MVP award.
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Kobe averaged 28.3 points, 5.4 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2007-08 season, winning his first and only league MVP award.

14. When he lead "The Redeem Team" to gold at the 2008 Olympics.

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15. The fourth championship.

After Kobe and Shaq parted ways, people questioned whether Kobe could win another ring without the dominant big man. Kobe (along with Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest) put that speculation to rest in the 2008-09 season.
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After Kobe and Shaq parted ways, people questioned whether Kobe could win another ring without the dominant big man. Kobe (along with Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest) put that speculation to rest in the 2008-09 season.

16. The fifth championship (2010).

Kobe's wife Vanessa recently posted this pic of her wearing all five championship rings.
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Kobe's wife Vanessa recently posted this pic of her wearing all five championship rings.

17. This weird photoshoot.

The LA Times Magazine "White Hot" photo shoot quickly turned into a meme.
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The LA Times Magazine "White Hot" photo shoot quickly turned into a meme.

18. When he decided to shut down LeBron in the 2013 All-Star game.

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Yeah, it's an all-star game, but Kobe definitely made a point to show LeBron what was up.

19. When he made two free throws with a torn achilles.

Kobe tore his achilles tendon in an April 2013 game against the Golden State Warriors, but he still had to go to the line to shoot two free throws after the injury. He sunk them both.
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Kobe tore his achilles tendon in an April 2013 game against the Golden State Warriors, but he still had to go to the line to shoot two free throws after the injury. He sunk them both.

20. Whatever happens tonight.

Regardless of how Kobe plays tonight, the fact that one of the best players of all time is hanging up his jersey means there will be an excess of *feels* in the building.
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Regardless of how Kobe plays tonight, the fact that one of the best players of all time is hanging up his jersey means there will be an excess of *feels* in the building.

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