His recent decision to fly to Germany for experimental treatment on his ailing knee is just a reminder of how far he will go to extend his career and maximize every bit of his potential.
He's also been one of the most polarizing NBA players during his career, as he's inspired fiercely loyal fans and extremely passionate critics who'll debate to the end how good he truly is.
No matter what folks say, Kobe will be the subject of heated discussion long after he hangs up his sneakers.
These are my picks for the 10 most controversial moments of Bryant's career. I've left out the 2008 NBA Finals Game 6 loss to Boston, as well as the 2011 playoffs sweep to the Dallas Mavericks, because quite frankly, there's no controversy regarding his play in those moments despite what some may think.
Besides, when you see the list, you'll see why those two didn't make it.