Remembering Kobe Bryant on his birthday
Remembering Kobe Bryant on his birthday

Kobe Bryant, the NBA All-Star who won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, was born Aug. 23, 1978. He died in a helicopter crash in January 2020 along with his daughter Gianna and seven others.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, chats with center Dwight Howard during the first half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Mark J. Terrill

Los Angeles Lakers' Tyronn Lue, left, Kobe Bryant, center, and Brian Shaw are all smiles as they watch their teammates play the Washington Wizards in the second quarter Friday, March 23, 2001, in Los Angeles. Bryant's sore left ankle already is feeling better, coach Phil Jackson said, but the star guard is expected to miss at least three games. Lakers guard Lue, who has a sprained ankle, was placed on the injured list Friday. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)KEVORK DJANSEZIAN

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant points at teammate Robert Horry, not shown, during their 98-82 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)MARK J. TERRILL

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) pats a child on the head as he leaves the court after the Lakers 106-101 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003. Bryant scored 41 points equaling Michael Jordan's 1986-87 NBA record of scoring at least 40 points in nine consecutive games. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)LUCY NICHOLSON

The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks with reporters about the Lakers past season and plans for the upcoming offseason during a news conference, Saturday, May 17, 2003, at the Lakers training headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)REED SAXON

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, second left, celebrates a team basket as he sits on the bench along with Karl Malone, left, Gary Payton, second from right, and Shaquille O'Neal during the first half against the Golden State Warriors, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)MARK J. TERRILL

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting the game-winning basket in the Lakers' 101-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Bryant was in court for a pretrial hearing on his sexual assualt charge in Eagle, Colo., earlier Friday and missed the first quarter. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)CHRIS CARLSON

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal sit together on the bench in the fourth quarter of game two of the NBA Western Conference Finals Sunday, May 23, 2004, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 89-71 to tie the series 1-1. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

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