Kobe Bryant has been one of the NBA’s top players since joining the league fresh out of high school in 1996. The career-long Laker has 5 NBA championships under his belt, 2 Olympic Gold medals, and has been selected to 17 NBA All-Star teams, including 15 (soon to be 16) consecutive selections between 2000 and 2015. However, regardless of an athlete’s talent, growing older is inevitable. And with age comes the higher risk of injury, which Bryant fell victim to. The future hall of famer suffered season ending injuries for three consecutive seasons beginning in 2013.
Finally healthy to start the 2015-2016 season, Kobe announced on November 29, 2015 that the current season would be his last. Although fans of opposing teams loved to hate Bryant throughout his career, in the end, they love to watch him play and respect his talent.