Kobe Bryant is known as one of the best basketball players to ever play following an illustrious career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won five NBA titles and is now retired. He boasts a full resume including being a multiple-time all-star, a two-time Finals MVP and a two-time regular season MVP. Much of these accolades is a testament to how hard he worked throughout his illustrious 20-year career. He was known as an incredible leader and as clutch a player as anyone
Kobe had a work ethic that was unmatched from any other player in the league. He just wanted to be the greatest player in the history of the game. He would watch film, get in the weight room, be the first player at shootarounds, and the last player to leave the court for shootarounds. It just showed how great of a player he was and the hunger and drive he had to want to be great. He watched tape of a lot of great players when he came into the league, but the player he wanted to emulate the most was Michael Jordan, who played the same shooting guard position as Kobe. Many people have said that he is the closest thing we will ever see to Michael Jordan. He not only worked on his offensive game, but he also worked on his defense to become a lockdown defender. He wanted to guard the other team's best player on a nightly basis. Kobe would go down as a superstar, a player that could carry a team all the way to a championship but for a while, it was questioned whether he could do so. Kobe played with and won championships with Shaquille O'Neal and many thought that Kobe could not win by himself. But Kobe proved these people wrong winning championships without Shaq later in his career.
Although Kobe is retired, he continues to work out and stay in shape just as he did when he was in the NBA. Kobe puts his time into charity work, coaching young basketball players, and many different other endeavors. Kobe is one of the most famous and recognizable athletes of our time and will go down in history as one of the best basketball players ever.