The death of Kobe Bryant, in late
January has touched the international sports arena. In the publication of
Today, he developed part of the sports career of the Lakers guard.



The beginning of his career

The Lakers’ general manager has already ‘signed’ a
young Kobe Bryant on pre-draft campuses.
Charlotte Hornets selected him for this process, but once finished, the
Escort left for the Lakers. In his first regular season, he did not shine. AND,
in the playoffs, he played
parties, initially, from the bench. Against Portland, he scored 22 points. Without
However, he highlighted at the All-Star Weekend,
where he won the math contest.

In his second season, despite not reaching the
ownership, had more minutes with the team. His average was 15.4 points in 79 games. Featured in
the All-Star Game for being the player
Younger to play this match.

In the 1998/99 season, his stat increased
Scorer: 19.9 points per game.
In addition, he was included in the third best quintet in the regular league.

Kobe Bryant’s first rings

In the 2000 season, with the signing of Phil
Jackson as coach Kobe Bryant dazzled. His association with Shaquille O’Neal was lethal. The team
swept the regular season, with 67 games won. Bryant scored 22.5 points on average, per game. After
a vibrant playoffs, the Lakers hit
the championship. Bryant’s first, and the first since 1988.

In the following campaign, the team finished with a
balance 56-26. And, it swept the playoffs again.
The Lakers won their second consecutive ring. The Black Mamba improved their scoring records: 28.5 points in the phase
regular and 29.4 in the final tournament.

In the following season, Bryant returned to
position himself among the best players in the NBA. The American got
an average per game of 25.2 points;
5.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 38.3 minutes. For the first time in his
career, he managed to enter the best quintet in the league and win his first All-Star MVP
Game. In addition, he scored 56 points in
a game against the Grizzlies. These records facilitated the third
Bryant Championship.



End of the Lakers’ dominance

In the 2002/03 period, the escort obtained an average
30 points per match. In addition, he recorded
40 points or more in nine consecutive games. He was also selected in
the best quintets both in the league and defensively. In the season
Next, Bryant decreased his scoring statistics (24 points). The Lakers
They reached the final, but were defeated 4-1. At this time the
hegemony of the team in the NBA.

The post Shaquille O’Neal era

After the bad sports streak, the Lakers
revolutionized the team:

  • Shaquille O’Neal was transferred to the Miami Heat.
  • Gary Payton, Karl Malone and Phil Jackson left the Californian set.
    At bench: Rudy Tomjanovich and Frank Hamblen.
  • Kobe Bryant would become the only star of the Staples Center.


The change in the group did not solve the results
sports. For the first time in a decade, the Lakers did not qualify for
the playoffs. For this reason, Phil Jackson
he returned to the controls of the team 2005/06. Bryant reached 35.4 points per game and became, for the first time, the NBA’s top scorer.

The Lakers reached the playoffs, but were eliminated by the Suns. Despite this, the
escort had a brilliant season.

In the 2006/07 campaign, he became the second
Lakers player who scored 50 or more points in three games
in a row:

Before Portland
Trail Blazers: 65 points (the second best score of his career).
Before
Minnesota Timberwolves: 50 points.
Before Memphis
Grizzlies: 60 points.
The subsequent game, against the New Orleans Hornets,
managed to score 50 points. This data made him the second player in the
NBA to score 50 or more points in four consecutive games. The Lakers
they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. However, the guard finished the season with 50 points
or more in ten games. This led to his second title at most.
league scorer. Also, he won his second
MVP of the All-Star Game.

2005/06: the shocking data of Kobe Bryant

In December 2005, the Black Mamba scored 62 points in
three quarters. The player himself had more than the opposing team, Dallas
Mavericks (61). In January 2006, the guard broke the scoring record for the
franchise, which sported Elgin Baylor, with 71 points. Lakers player
The game ended with 81. In this way, he positioned himself second in the
NBA global ranking, behind the 100, by Wilt Chamberlain, in
1962.

Likewise, in the month of January, Bryant
became the only player, since 1964, to score 45 points or more (43.4) in
four consecutive games. The campaign ended in fourth place in the
voting for the MVP.

2007/08: MVP of the season

In December 2007, Bryant won the
record for youngest player to reach 20,000 points. And, after twelve years in
the NBA, was chosen as MVP of the
season. The Lakers reached the playoff final, but were defeated by the Boston Celtic.

More titles with the Lakers

The Lakers started the 2008/09 season by leveling
his best historical start, with 17 victories in 19 games. Kobe Bryant
the regular season ended with an average per game of 26.8 points; 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists. The player led his
team during the playoffs until the
final victory and get your fourth ring. Plus, he won his first MVP of the finals. The numbers
of the final phase (32.4 points; 5.6 rebounds; 7.4 assists; 1.4 blocks and 1.4
steals) reached the average of Michael Jordan as champion of a
ring (30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists).

In the 2009/10 season, the Lakers reached
Again, the playoff final. Defeated
Boston Celtics in the final and Kobe Bryant won his fifth ring. The escort
once again won the title of best
player of the finals. In addition, it also enlarged its legend in achievements
individual. He was the youngest player to score 25,000 points. And, the maximum
scorer of the angelina franchise with 25,208 points.

Conclusions

In this first post, I have developed the
Kobe Bryant’s early years on a basketball court: his rings and the
consecration as an NBA star. In the next post, I will refer to
the post Phil Jackson era of the Lakers, as well as the international career of the
American player.

 

March 2, 2020