Kobe Bryant: Basketball legend's career highlights

  • 14 April 2016
Kobe Bryant playing his last game at the LA Staple centre in America. Image copyright Getty Images

Kobe Bryant is a Basketball player and considered one of the greatest in the history of America's National Basketball Association, called the NBA.

Kobe is the son of a former NBA player and signed up to the league straight out of high school.

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Image caption Kobe Bryant dunks at the last game of his career.

Nicknamed Black Mamba he is more than two metres tall.

He has just retired from the game after a record breaking 20 years with the same team - The Los Angeles Lakers.

It's the longest any player has stayed with one team.

Kobe has an impressive collection of silverware and trophies

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Image caption Kobe Bryant has won five championships with the Lakers

In two separate Olympic Games Kobe has won gold medals as a member of the US Basketball team.

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Image caption Kobe Bryant kissing his gold medal at the Olympics.

He is the highest scoring player in Lakers History and at 34-years-old he became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 points.

Kobe was given the most valuable player award for the 2008 season.

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Image caption Kobe Bryant holding his MVP award in 2008.

Why retire?

Bryant announced his retirement last year by putting out a poem called Dear Basketball.

It explained how he fell in love with the game at aged six after practising his shots by dunking his dad's rolled up socks in a bin.

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Image caption He's suffered from injuries in the last of couple of years

He's suffered a few injuries in the last couple of years he says: "My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind but my body know's it's time to say goodbye."

Bye bye Kobe...

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Image caption Fans will be sad to see him go.

The Staples Centre, in Los Angeles, where the Lakers play all their home games was filled with fans who paid thousands of dollars to watch the Black Mamba play his final game.

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Image caption Last Night for Kobe Bryant at the Staple centre in Los Angeles, America.

Videos of old games were played, his friends got to wish him well and he was even awarded a special ring for his years of services.

Kobe live up to his reputation and helped secure his team a win in the last game of his career.

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