5 time NBA champion, 2 time Finals MVP and Olympic Gold medalist, NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008, and NBA All-Star for 15 years, Kobe Bryant has had nothing but success in his career.
Kobe Bryant was drafted with the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 draft. He was then traded for Vlade Divac to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thus began the eventual legend that is Kobe Bryant.
So much pressure comes with playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Rightfully so, before Kobe Bryant joined the Lakers, the organization won 11 NBA championships. Fans and analysts questioned if Kobe could contribute to the winning culture.
And he had the answers.
No one knew when Kobe Bryant was traded to the Lakers that he would become the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and 4th all time on the NBA’s scoring list. That is understandable.
It did not happen right away for Bryant. In his rookie year, Kobe came off the bench and averaged 15.5 minutes per game. He averaged 7.6 points per game, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Kobe was not looking like an all-time great, but anyone watching saw flashes of it.
In his second year, Kobe Bryant made his first NBA All-Star game and that is when the world started to take some notice. The numbers did not really jump off the page. Kobe averaged a little over 15 points a game and 3 rebounds. Continue reading Kobe Bryant: A Product of Los Angeles