Kobe Bryant and His Accomplishments Mark Him as a True Legend

I was tuning in to CBS to check out the Grammy’s 2020 schedule when the shocking news aired on live TV. Kobe Bryant, the basketball superstar, has just died in a helicopter crash.

He was 41.

I couldn’t believe the news myself. I immediately checked out Twitter for more updates. Soon, I realized the tragic story couldn’t be truer as one by one, I read the trembling tweets of fans and friends trending worldwide.

It was all the more heartbreaking when I learned that Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, also died in the crash.

As people all over LA and the states showed their love and support for the bereaved family, we, too, will recall the tender, sweet, and inspiring words that were spoken by Kobe himself — and rediscover how these unforgettable quotes remind us of his greatest accomplishments.

Whether in basketball or far outside of the court.


1. Kobe Bryant: Accolades

Obviously, we can’t list down all of Kobe’s accomplishments right here, but let’s revisit a few fast facts. Kobe was:

  • 5-time NBA champion
  • 2-time NBA finals MVP
  • 2-time scoring champion
  • 4-time NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 34-time Player of the Month

At one point in his career (2006), Kobe also scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. This was the time when he said:

"Not even in my dreams. That was something that just happened. It's tough to explain. It's just one of those things."

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Kobe Bryant’s slam dunk in 2013 during an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors held in Los Angeles. Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.


Indeed, the man was amazing. He may not be able to explain everything that he has accomplished, but we clearly know how he was so passionate about winning.

Here are the top 10 of the most memorable moments of Kobe Bryant’s basketball career:


2. Kobe Bryant: On Failure

While Kobe had a lot of jaw-dropping accomplishments, he was surpassed by LeBron James many, many times. Kobe was once the following until the other basketball superstar grabbed the crown:

  • Youngest player to score 23,000 points
  • Youngest player to score 22,000 points
  • Youngest player to score 20,000 points
  • Youngest player to score 18,000 points
  • Youngest player to score 15,000 points
  • Youngest player to score 10,000 points

Nonetheless, Kobe had an untiring spirit. At one point, he said:

"Boos don't block dunks."

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Copyright 2002 NBAE; Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images


3. Kobe Bryant: Charity Work

Kobe had other accomplishments outside of the Staples Center court, where he mostly played in his entire career.

He was, in fact, the official ambassador of the After-School All-Stars — a charity organization that provided for 72,000 kids in need.

Bryant once said:

"The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great [at] whatever they want to do."

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Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images


4. Kobe Bryant As a Son

Despite a few rocky roads in Kobe’s relationship with his parents, the basketball legend was still a son Joe and Pam were proud of.

Kobe himself once said:

"My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40."

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Kobe with his father, Joe Bryant


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Pam Bryant, Kobe’s mother


I guess Kobe’s winnings and indestructible confidence had a lot to do with the support his parents had been giving him. With the life he’s lived, he is truly a son anyone can brag about.

5. Kobe Bryant As a Husband and Father

Kobe and daughter Gianna left Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife, with the three other children — Natalia Diamante, 17, Bianka Bella, 3, and Capri Kobe, 7 months — with devastated hearts.

Within Kobe’s lifetime, however, he has been a supportive (though not perfect) husband and a dedicated father to his kids.

Kobe once explained:

“We all can be masters at our craft, but you have to make a choice. What I mean by that is, there are inherent sacrifices that come along with that. Family time, hanging out with friends, being a great friend, being a great son, nephew, whatever the case may be. There are sacrifices that come along with making that decision."

Indeed, in all of his achievements, Kobe has not forgotten about giving tribute to his wife and children. He’s even brought them proudly during his jersey retirement ceremony in 2017.

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Photo by Harry How/Getty Images


Kobe also had notable and even “meme-able” moments with his daughter Gianna. The following clip had gone viral days before the father-and-daughter basketball duo met the tragic incident.

6. Kobe Bryant As a Businessman

Kobe did not just lie lazily after retiring from the court. In fact, he brought his undying courage and incomparable work-ethic to his business pursuits.

This made him a business mogul, a book author, and even an Oscar-winning filmmaker.

In Kobe’s own words:

"I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. I don't understand you. I don't want to understand you."

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Kobe Bryant in 2018, posing after his win at the Oscars for the Best Animated Short Film: Dear Basketball. Photo by Mike Blake/Reuters.


7. Kobe Bryant As a Legend

Kobe’s life indeed looked so glam and victorious, but I’m sure as an individual, he has battled personal scars, too.

Such inner battles would have triggered him to say:

"Despite [the] fear, finish the job."

Now that’s the mindset of a real legend.

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Kobe Bryant with his Los Angeles Lakers jersey in 1996. Photo by Susan Sterner/AP.


It looks like Kobe has now finished the job after we’ve first seen him fly during his NBA debut on November 3, 1996. At 18 years, 72 days old, he was the youngest player to appear in an NBA game back then.


8. Kobe Bryant: Last Words

Even now, we’re still grieving, and we don’t know the exact last words Kobe said during that fateful flight. No one’s eyes were left dry, either.

But on that final game night before Kobe’s retirement, he was able to utter the last words:

"Mamba out."

While it used to sound like a grand call of victory for such a long and celebrated career, those two words now ring a piece of different music in our ears.

Grief. Sorrow. Loss. Sympathy. Tears.

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“Mamba out.” Kobe delivered his “last words” in the basketball arena after his final game before retirement. Image captured from ESPN.

Indeed, he’s now signed off.

But he will be remembered forever.


Kobe’s Accomplishments Show His Life’s Lasting Impact to Everyone Else’s

Clearly, Kobe’s life of hard work, determination, and success would continue sending ripples of inspiration for the generations to come.

The Black Mamba may now be fully out, but he’ll never be entirely forgotten.

As Alicia Keys put it during the selfsame-day-held Grammy Music Awards 2020 at the Staples Arena, LA, everyone is deeply “heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built.”




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