Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, also known by his nickname “Black Mamba”, was a legendary American professional basketball player who spent his entire 20-years career with the L.A. Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he won five NBA Championships, was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP, and he is regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He also participated in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics as a part of the U.S. National Teams and won a gold medal in each. He also has won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball” in 2018. In 2020 he died in a tragic helicopter accident along with 8 others, including his daughter. The All-Star MVP Award has been renamed in his honor.

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