We lost a real one.
The five-time NBA champion was one of nine people who died in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles County. . The Los Angeles Lakers legend and five-time NBA champion was 41 years old.
Bryant will be remembered as one of the greatest NBA players of all time, as his resume pretty much speaks for itself. His accolades include:
- Spent 20 seasons in the NBA, all with the Lakers
- Fourth-leading scorer in NBA history (33,643 points)
- Five-time NBA champion, twice named Finals MVP
- 18-time All-Star
- 11-time All-NBA First Team
- Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist
- Youngest player in NBA history at the time of his debut in 1996