Kobe Bryant – “Black Mamba

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Profile:

Shooting Guard: 6’6, 212 lbs; 20 NBA seasons, Lower Merion HS (PA) | Career: 25 points/game, 5.2 rebounds/game, 4.7 assists/game, 45% FG

Kobe Bean Bryant is one of the greatest guards the game has seen – it’s absolutely no hyperbole to both deem him this generation’s Michael Jordan & a top 12 player in NBA history; the insatiable hunger and will to become great Kobe for 20 seasons under the brights lights of LA; from his brash, high-scoring days as ‘Frobe’ to leading the Lakers to back-to-back titles over Orlando and Boston, Kobe is a transcendent figure in the game of basketball; unstoppable scorer in his prime – most versatile shooting guard of his era;  unmatched footwork in the post, was a go-to guy as a post-up SG (to have championship success with that strategy is remarkable), and flew through the air with grace; shot the ball more times than anyone…ever; list of accomplishments is endless, though it’s an utter travesty the Black Mamba was only named league MVP once; the greatest Laker of all-time?

Classic DOG Status: LEGEND

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NBA Role: two-way superstar

Signature Shot: rainbow turnaround 

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A Few, Good, Noteworthy Accolades & Accomplishments:

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NBA MVP (2008)

NBA Finals MVP (’09,’10) 

5x NBA Champion (’00,’01,’02,’09,’10) LOBLOBLOBLOBLOB

18x All-Star starstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstarstar

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