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Kobe Bryant NBA Championship Card 2002 Topps No. CMS - Very Good Condition ... Sports Memorabilia projected $26 Billion or more by 2030, growth rate estimated 12% annually (Globe Newswire 2022) ... Item 45 ... FREE SHIPPING 

 

 

Kobe Bryant (1978-2020) was an American professional basketball player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

 

Bryant won five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, and one NBA Most Valuable Player award. He was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team.

 

Bryant was known for his incredible work ethic, his competitive fire, and his willingness to take big shots in big moments. He was also a skilled scorer, passer, and rebounder.

 

Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and moved to Italy at the age of six when his father, Joe Bryant, began playing professional basketball there. Kobe learned to speak Italian fluently and spent his teenage years studying the game of European basketball.

 

After returning to the United States, Bryant attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where he became one of the most highly touted high school basketball players in the country. He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1996, and he decided to forgo college to enter the NBA draft.

 

Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft, but he was immediately traded to the Lakers. He made an immediate impact on the league, averaging 7.6 points per game as a rookie.

 

Bryant continued to improve in his second season, averaging 15.4 points per game. He helped the Lakers reach the NBA Finals in 2000, where they defeated the Indiana Pacers in six games.

 

Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal formed one of the most dominant duos in NBA history, leading the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. Bryant was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2002.

 

After O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, Bryant became the Lakers' undisputed franchise player. He led the team to two more NBA championships in 2009 and 2010, and he was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2010.

 

Bryant's career was marred by injuries in his later years, but he remained one of the most popular and respected players in the NBA. He retired in 2016 after scoring 60 points in his final game.

 

Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on January 26, 2020. He was 41 years old.

 

Bryant is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was a global icon and a role model for millions of people around the world.

 

Kobe Bryant NBA Championship Card 2002 Topps No. CMS

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