The legend of Kobe Bryant's career
NBA.com Global on Dec 18, 2017 06:50 PM
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)
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)
The 81-Point Game!
* Quote history: A game like no other for Bryant
* Kobe 81: The morning of the game
* Kobe 81: Early signs pointed to a big night
* Kobe 81: 'You get in a zone and stay there'
* Kobe 81: History made at Staples Center
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)
* All-Access: Ultimate look back at Bryant's career
* 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?
* All-Access: Kobe's 60-point finale vs. Utah
MORE KOBE VIDEOS
* 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?
REFLECTING ON KOBE
* Inside The NBA: The legacy of Kobe