Kobe Bryant, NBA basketball legend, passed away in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.
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Kobe Bryant, 17 holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick. He was traded to the Lakers and played his entire 20 year career in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter Dec 17, 1997 in Chicago. Michael Jordan was Kobe's idol and the Greatest of All Time.
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West All Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers stands with East All Star LeBron James of the Miami Heat near the end of the NBA All-Star basketball February 20, 2011. Kobe was an 18-time All-Star.
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant scores his 72nd point of the night over Toronto Raptors' Morris Peterson (L) during the second half of their NBA game in Los Angeles January 22, 2006. Bryant scored 81 points, which is 2nd only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 in
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant holds the NBA's Most Valuable Player trophy for the 2007-2008 season with his daughters Gianna.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal won three back-to-back NBA championships from 1999-2002, although their relationship was at times tumultuous.
Kobe Bryant and USA's Dwyane Wade bite their medals on the podium after the men's basketball gold medal match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Kobe also was part of the 2012 gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol were the nexus of the Lakers team that won two championships in 2009 and 2010.
Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd at the start of a ceremony at halftime to retire his two jersey numbers, 8 and 24 at Staples Centre.
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Kobe Bryant was also successful in other areas of his life. He won an academy award for best animated short for 'Dear Basketball' at the Oscars in 2018.