Retired NBA player Kobe Bryant turned 39 today.
The retired 20-year NBA veteran with career averages of 25 points, 4.7 assists and 5.2 assists per game retired last season with arguably the best finish of his career against the Utah Jazz.
Yup, a 60 point game in a 101-96 win against Utah at Staples Center.
Bryant, the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft out of Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA, is the only player in NBA history to spend 20 seasons with one team. Bryant earned five championships during his career.
Kobe Bryant & Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson Discuss Legacy.
Many compare Bryant’s game to Michael Jordan. Jordan got the chance to close his career on his terms while with the Chicago Bulls; retiring twice and winning championships both times. Retired NFL player Peyton ended his similarly when he and the Denver Broncos captured Super Bowl 50.
Could imagine Bryant riding off in the sunset like that?
“It would have been amazing,” Bryant told me.
“But you know, it just wasn’t meant to be. But at the same time, I couldn’t complain about it. I’ve enjoyed winning to the tune of five championships and been very fortunate to have those. Most players haven’t been able to get one. So, you gotta be able to take the good with the bad.”
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