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7. Kobe Bryant: The Incredible Basketball Star
Kobe Bryant is a professional basketball player, who
his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
first joined the team as a 17-year-old teenager
1996. During the time, Bryant led the Lakers
five National Basketball Association titles. The most recent
was in 2010, when the Lakers beat their
rival, the Boston Celtics. The Lakers also won
western conference titles and eight Pacific Division titles
The Lakers are one of the
successful teams in the history of the NBA.
have appeared in 31 championship finals, more than
other teams in the league. The team has
more regular season games than any other franchise.
is clearly one of the premier NBA organizations,
came into existence in 1946.
Before Bryant, the
already had some of the most notable superstars
league has ever known. Players such as George
, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Magic Johnson.
had been central in establishing, and maintaining the
of this great team. He is the latest,
possible greatest of them all.
His individual statistics
astounding. He is the youngest player ever to
30,000 points. He has been selected to the
's All Star team every year he has played,
the exception of his rookie season. He has
two Olympic Gold Medals in Basketball, leading the
States Olympic titles in 2008 in Beijing, and
the London games of 2012. In 2006, Bryant
the 2nd player in the history of the
to score more than 80 points in a
game Only Chamberlain has scored more. He holds
Laker individual records, including most seasons played, most
Star selections, most points scored, and most playoff