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The NBA remembers Kobe Bryant on the day he would have turned 44

ANDhe August 23, 1978 One of the greatest basketball legends was born in Philadelphia. Kobe Bean Bryantthe legend of the Lakers and the NBA, would


ANDhe August 23, 1978 One of the greatest basketball legends was born in Philadelphia. Kobe Bean Bryantthe legend of the Lakers and the NBA, would be turning 44 years old.

The NBA remembered ‘La Mamba’ on social media, with several posts recalling his legacy.

The league published a video of more than 7 minutes with the best moments of the player’s career, from the previous phase of the 1996 Draft, when he was elected by the Charlotte Hornets with the selection number 13but Jerry West agreed to a trade that same day for Vlade Divac.

Kobe became one of the best players in all of history, despite two initial seasons in which the Lakers floundered in the Playoffs, with Bryant being singled out. But everything changed when Phil Jackson arrived and together with Shaquille O’Neal, they won three consecutive rings from 2000 to 2002.

Shaq left on 05/04, after which Kobe exploded at an offensive level, but it was until Pau Gasol arrived and Phil Jackson returned that the Lakers returned to the Finals, winning two more rings.

18 times All Star, 2008 MVP, 15 times part of the All NBA teams, 12 times member of the Defensive Team of the Year, 2 scoring titles, 5 rings and 2 Finals MVP was Kobe’s record in the NBA.

Kobe died, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California, just outside of Los Angeles.