The legend of Kobe Bryant's career

NBA.com Global on Dec 18, 2017 06:50 PM
The legend of Kobe Bryant's career
SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 6: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after the game against the San Antonio Spurs on February 6, 2016 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/NBAE via Getty Images)

Five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. 33,570 points, third all time in NBA history. Eighteen All-Star selections. Fifteen All-NBA selections. Four All-Star MVPs. Two Finals MVPs. The 2007-08 regular season MVP.

Together, those stats and accomplishments only begin to tell the legacy Kobe Bryant left both in the NBA and the basketball world at large. As the Los Angeles Lakers get ready to retire Bryant's No. 8 and No. 24 jersey on Dec. 18 (Dec. 19, PHL time), take a look back at some of the stories, videos and highlights from the best moments in Bryant's unique career.

The Young Kobe

* Quote history: Kobe arrives on the scene in L.A.

* Quote history: Bryant's legacy begins in Lakerland

* Aldridge: Bryant ends his career his way (Editor's note: Column is from 2015-16 season)

VIDEO

Kobe's debut in 1996

Kobe comes up short vs. Jazz in 1997

Top 10 plays from Kobe's rookie season

Top 10 plays from Kobe's second season

Three-peat time for Lakers

* Quote history: Kobe, Phil, Shaq and the new-look Lakers

* Quote history: A three-peat to remember in Los Angeles

* Quote history: Unique (yet strained) Shaq-Kobe dynamic

* Finals moments: Kobe takes over in Game of 2000 Finals

* Aldridge: Bryant remembers his role as top bad guy to many fans (Editor's note: Column is from 2015-16 season)

VIDEO

Kobe's top 10 plays from 1999-2000

Kobe's top 10 plays from 2000-01

Kobe's top 10 plays from 2001-02

The 81-Point Game!

* Quote history: A game like no other for Bryant

* Even today, outburst still amazes Kobe himself

VIDEO

Every basket ... in 3 minutes

Kobe 81: The morning of the game

Kobe 81: Early signs pointed to a big night

Kobe 81: In second half, 'things started getting crazy'

Kobe 81: 'You get in a zone and stay there'

Kobe 81: History made at Staples Center

'I didn't know it would be that big' of a night

Kobe tweets thoughts about game in 2013

Photographer recounts shooting 81-point game

NBA stars of today reflect on Kobe's game

Kobe drops 62 on Mavs in three quarters

Kobe's top 10 plays from 2005-06 season

Renewed glory & final lap

Quote history: Championship days return for Lakers, Bryant

Quote history: Injuries short circuit twilight of career

Quote history: 'Our Michael Jordan' to a generation

Lakers.com: Crunching numbers from Bryant's jersey history

Aldridge: Final game a more than fitting finale for Bryant (Editor's note: Column is from 2015-16 season)

Powell:  For a generation, Kobe was 'our Michael Jordan'

VIDEOS

Top 10 plays from Kobe's MVP season

Relive Lakers' run to 2009 title

Relive Lakers' run to 2010 title

Kobe's best plays vs. every team

All-Access: Ultimate look back at Bryant's career

Kobe's best play from each of his All-Star Game appearances

Final All-Star Game introduction

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reads Kobe's retirement poem || Kareem's ode to Bryant

Bryant reflects on amazing career

Taking stock of Kobe's impact on NBA

The Starters: What was Kobe's best moment?

The Starters: Kobe's best dunk?

The Starters: Kobe more memorable as No. 8 or No. 24?

The Starters: Is Kobe a top-three all time Laker?

LeBron, Curry, others bid adieu to Bryant

Fans say farewell to their idol

All-Access: Kobe's 60-point finale vs. Utah

A farewell speech to remember

Top 10 games in Kobe's career

MORE KOBE VIDEOS

TOP PLAYS

Kobe's top 10 career-best plays

Kobe's top 10 plays wearing No. 24

Kobe's top 10 plays wearing No. 8

Great playoff 3-pointers in Kobe's career

Milestone baskets in Bryant's career

More milestones: 25K points || 30K points || Youngest to 33K

Best moments from Christmas Day games

Four straight games of 50+ points in 2007

Kobe vs. MJ: Similarities and differences

Through the years: Kobe vs. LeBron James

Through the years: Kobe vs. the Celtics

Through the years: Kobe vs. Michael Jordan

The Starters: Top 10 games in Kobe's career

The Starters: Kobe's best season?

Best moments at Staples Center: In season || In NBA playoffs

REFLECTING ON KOBE

Shaquille O'Neal recalls Lakers heyday with Kobe

Charles Barkley praises Kobe's career

Reggie Miller reflects on Finals showdown with Kobe

Inside The NBA: The legacy of Kobe

Players around NBA reflect on Kobe

Defending Kobe

* Players reflect on facing Kobe

* Derek Fisher shares four untold Kobe stories

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