Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant (left) signs the shirt of recording artist 2 Chainz after the 2013 NBA all star slam dunk contest at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Today in History: Kobe Bryant becomes a Laker

Kobe Bryant has firmly planted himself in the Laker history books. He’s played the most games, points, field goals, three points, and has himself five titles as a Laker.

February 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) goes in fora basket against the defense of Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

And to think, it’s been just 17 years.


On this day in 1996, the Hornets (on behalf of the Lakers) selected Kobe Bean Bryant before trading him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac. At the time, the 17-year old Kobe Bryant was seen as a very raw talent with lots of potential. And boy did he meet that potential.


Bryant has been apart of two separate Lakers title runs, the first with Shaq in the early 2000s, the second with Pau Gasol in the late 2000s. In between the two runs, he got himself a MVP award, scored 81 points, and won a scoring title.


Lakers fans have been spoiled by Bryant throughout his career, but as his career winds down, fans should take a step back and realize his greatness.


What are you guys favorite moments involving Kobe Bryant? Game 7 against the Celtics? 81 points against the Raptors? 62 points against the Mavs? Tell us down below in the comments.

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