Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest National Basketball Association players of all time - making 18 All-Star teams during his 20 year career with the Lakers.
Bryant led the Lakers to five NBA Championships during his 20-year tenure with the team, notably with three consecutive wins alongside teammate Shaquille O'Neal from 2000-2003, in a run known locally as the "threepeat". In a tweet the night before his death, he congratulated James.
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Fellow former NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Scottie Pippen were among the high-profile players who reacted to news of the beloved basketball player's death.
But he never played for the Hornets and immediately traded to the Lakers, where he played his entire career before retiring in 2016.
Bryant also tops the Lakers in games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378).
Bryant is survived by wife Vanessa and his four kids, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant. "Much respect my brother #33644", Bryant tweeted. He also established Kobe Inc.to own and grow brands in the sports industry which was valued at approximately $200 million in August 2018. He is a 5x champion, 18x all-star, 2008 NBA MVP, 2x Olympic gold medalist, 2x scoring champion, and has continued to be an open voice in the NBA.