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Lakers.com: With an Amazon River-long list of accomplishments already to his name, it would seem that Kobe Bryant would at least be old enough to run for President, right?
Nope. Not for four more years of moment-building, anyway (by then the list could be closer in length to the Nile).
Bryant turned 31 on Sunday, August 23rd, prompting us to enlist the help of Lakers fans – via our @LakersReporter Twitter account – to amass a list of 31 highlights from the 2009 NBA Finals MVP’s career. At the end of the day, no list can fully encapsulate one of the world’s best athletes, but hopefully we detailed many of Kobe Bean Bryant’s best moments and most impressive accomplishments:
1) It began 16 years ago, with Bryant’s off-the-charts pre-draft workout for Lakers GM Jerry West. Previously, the wonder kid had destroyed the Pennsylvania high school league by averaging 30.8 points, 12.0 boards, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 blocks as a senior at Lower Merion HS (including a state championship). Kobe received nearly every national honor (USA Today Player of the Year, Naismith POY, Gatorade POY and McDonald’s All-American) and subsequently dominated the summer camp circuit, earning MVP honors at the 1995 Adidas ABCD Summer Camp and the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina.
2) On July 11, 1996, the Lakers traded Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for the rights to the No. 13 pick: Kobe Bryant.
3) Pulling dunk highlights from Bryant is pretty superfluous, but this YouTube clip (video) of a teenaged Kobe rising high into the sky for a preseason thunder dunk over Ben Wallace in Las Vegas is among the best…