Over Kobe Bryant’s 15-year career, he has created an NBA masterpiece. Almost like a basketball version of Jean-Michel Basquiat, each Bryant game is a brush-by-brush or stroke-by-stroke step in a once-in-a-lifetime portrait of basketball excellence.
Bryant’s game is abstract to some who choose to identify perceived weaknesses and use those to establish some sort of contrarian stance against the guard’s achievements. Yet greatness can never be ignored or disregarded. Game by game, and in some instances play by play, Bryant has displayed his genius for all to enjoy.
It is imperative that we as spectators recognize and admire the beauty of greatness and appreciate its rarity. So in honor of Bryant’s career, here are 24 of the guard's most memorable moments.
Now in this compilation there is an assortment of aerial assaults, but no accumulated achievements. The moments we most remember are highlighted here, and not the totality of Bryant’s career.
That means these are moments, not milestones. These are singular moments or games that captivated our imagination. These are plays that caused our jaws to drop and brought us to our collective feet.
They are the games that made LA’s most hated rival chant "MVP" when the Bean came to Boston and the dunks on some of the game's giants.
They are not milestones based on sustained excellence. Achievements reached after years of dominance are not featured here.
The bucket that put Bryant ahead as the all-time points scored leader in Lakers franchise history is not here. Neither is the shot that led the Lakers great past Bob McAdoo for the seventh-greatest scoring season of all time with 2,832 points.
Enjoy some of the game's most memorable moments from one of the game’s most memorable players.