10K80 by Ian Romaker January 26, 2021
To the photographers able to capture photos of Kobe Bryant throughout his illustrious career over the years, thank you. It is because of you that we have iconic and powerful photos of Kobe Bryant to remember him by, both on and off the basketball court.
Much of my family derives from Philadelphia and neighboring East Coast areas. The farthest back that I can remember is the first time my feet touched the ocean at age three in Avalon, NJ.
When I sat down with my grandparents to watch the 2001 NBA Finals (76ers versus Lakers), my family swore up and down how the 6ers and A.I. would triumph.
Unbeknownst to them, there was a guy on the other side of the court with the basketball named Kobe Bean Bryant. Remembering Kobe Bryant is one of the best things we can do whenever we need motivation and clarity.
Let us now reminisce and bask in the glory of the legendary ‘Black Mamba’ through this collection of wondrous imagery.
“Green and inexperienced, dreaming about that chariot.”Capital Steez – Dead Prez
Making the leap from high school to the league is quite the feat. Kobe welcomed the challenge in stride and set his sights on the upper echelon from day one.
Remembering Kobe Bryant means remembering him before reaching the height of his powers. The star-eyed youngster intent on being great.
The satirical caricature of Kobe’s domineering comrade, Shaquille O’Neal does not even measure up to his waistline. Why poke a bear? Kobe gives us his best Cam’ron impression in this flick in contemplation along the lines of, “Sure. Add fuel to this Mamba fire. My play will do the talkin.'”
“Am I wrong? I want my bouquet when I can smell it”(Legend – Benny the Butcher)
An undying passion for the game and commitment to excellence flowed through every vein of Kobe’s body. One can only imagine the amount of love and devotion Kobe showed to those with whom he surrounded himself, inside and outside of basketball.
We remember Kobe Bryant in his efforts off the court just as much as we do those on it.
Kobe’s hunger transcended generations. He was one of the few athletes with the caliber to jump straight from high school to the NBA.
Some people know their calling from a young age and KBB was clearly of a different elk since conception.
Kobe was a family man through and through. He yearned to discover every single detail and aspect about the game of basketball.
That crossed over to relationships as he wanted to know every single thing about those around him in order to better himself and advance relations in the utmost.
So even though Shaq and Kobe feuded, this photo of Kobe Bryant and Shaq’s dad reminds us that there was a lot of love on display still.
The rift between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal in their basketball endeavors was well-documented in their careers. When you get two competitive behemoths of that magnitude, it is difficult to have everything flow perfectly.
Regardless, their off-the-court disagreements never spilled over onto the court. As genuine basketball connoisseurs, that is all we can ask for.
Clearly, the rings can do the talking. Not only that, but the sheer gaudy statistics speak volumes of these two players’ capabilities.
Call them what you want – never call them for fronts. These two men are legends.
Exhausted, spent, worn. Kobe poured his heart and soul into every bounce of the Spalding.
An individual to truly admire for his wondrous deeds on and off of the court, these photos of Kobe Bryant keep us inspired. Greatness personified.
If you were there, you attended the closest thing to heaven’s entrance. Night in and night out during their careers, Kobe and A.I. spoiled us with their incredibly gifted outputs.
When Kobe fatefully passed on this day last year, A.I. was one of his many contemporaries to speak out on his love and respect for the Mamba.
“Greatness needs company, and we needed each other. Mike needed Prince like Prince needed Mike.”Allen Iverson in The Players’ Tribune
Voila, Magic! Not only did Kobe put on for the entire state of California, he commanded attention, globally.
Together with Lakers’ legends, Kobe had massive plans to continue to bolster the identity and elite functionality of the Los Angeles Lakers organization.
There is no denying the fact that to be the man you have to beat the man. With careful craft and rigorous preparation Kobe molded his game ever so closely to that of Michael Jordan.
Kobe Bryant’s basketball prowess is what got MJ’s attention. But it was his work ethic and killer mentality that truly attracted Mike to Bean. And MJ spoke reverently about Kobe at his memorial in 2020.
“Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother. When Kobe died, a little piece of me died.”Michael Jordan