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SI's 100 Best Kobe Bryant Photos

Kobe Bryant retired as one of the greatest NBA players of all time. In his 20-year NBA career, Kobe was named an All-Star 18 times and is currently third all time on the NBA scoring list. He won five NBA titles, two finals MVPs, one regular season MVP and he was an 11-time All-NBA first team. The leading scorer in Los Angeles Lakers history, Kobe has also led the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic team to gold medals. In his post-playing days, Bryant has become an entertainment mogul. His "Dear Basketball" short feature won an Oscar in March for best Animated Short Film. In celebration of both Bryant’s 40th birthday on Aug. 23, 2018, we present SI's 100 best photos of the "Black Mamba" through the years.
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