The date is August 23, 1978 a legend was born, Kobe Bean Bryant turns the age of 35 today. NBA fans watching his play lately might be shocked by his age because it seems like the Mamba has found the fountain of youth, getting better and better each and every year. Playing like a 25 year old, Bryant had one of his greatest seasons last year, statistically shooting nearly 46 % from the floor and averaging 6 assists with 27 points per game.
Although the 35 year old Bryant suffered a set back with his Achilles tear, he’ll be ready to go for next season. As Kobe likes to call himself “Vino” because like wine he gets better with time. As an appreciation for all the great moments Kobe has given us, we’d love to go back in time and revisit some of the more memorable moments of his career.
81 Point Game: Down 18 points in the 3rd quarter vs the Raptors, Kobe ferociously brought back the Lakers scoring 81 points, which is the second most in an NBA game to only Wilt Chamberlain. Of those 81 points, 55 came in the second half alone.
2007-2008 MVP: With an MVP award long over due Kobe finally gets his first in the
2007-2008 season. After posting back to back 30 plus point scoring seasons and not being mentioned, it was about time he received it. Falling short first to Tim Duncan in 2003 due to the teams record, then to Steve Nash in a year were he averaged 35 points a game and carried the whole team on his back. Then next season losing it to Dirk Nowitzki after averaging 32 points and taking the Lakers to the playoffs to fall short again to the Phoenix Suns.
5 Championships: As much as he wants his 6th ring and as much as we want to see him grab his 6th ring, 5 is a lot and it’s a great achievement. After losing to the Celtics in the finals during the 2007-2008 season, The Lakers bounced back and beat the Magic the following year, then came back home in an epic 7 games series Finals matchup to beat the Celtics in Los Angeles.
Who would have figured after 17 NBA season you would still be playing and overachieving. From amazing shots to monstrous dunks, to last second buzzer beaters, Kobe has made each and everyone of the 17 NBA seasons memorable and exciting for Laker Nation. From NBA fans, to Laker fans, to every writer for the Laker Nation, we would like to wish one of the greatest Lakers to ever do it, a Happy 35th Birthday Mr. Kobe Bean Bryant. We cant wait to see you overcome your injury and come back to chase that 6th NBA championship. Laker Nation – what’s your favorite Kobe Bryant moment?