By this point, Kobe Bryant already became a champion.
He won three NBA rings. He became a dominant one-two punch with Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant started shedding his mistakes shown his early years and replacing then with dazzling game-winners, dunks and acrobatic shots only he could pull off his with his superior skill and athleticism.
The NBA recently released a video of Bryant’s Top 10 plays in the 2001-02 season when the Lakers won their third consecutive championship, a compilation featuring plays that showed Bryant already become one of the NBA’s top stars. But this video represented a time where Bryant could seemingly do anything, even through his testy relationship with O’Neal and his frustration with Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. The scary part: Bryant has accomplished more since then. He scored a career-high 81 points, collected two more NBA titles, climbed to fourth place on the NBA’s scoring list and overcame a litany of injuries that are too many to count.
With the NBA already showcasing top plays of Bryant’s rookie season, it’s clear there’s an infinite amount of footage touting Bryant’s greatness.
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