High School: Lower Merion (Ardmore, PA)
Accomplishments: 5x NBA Champion, 1x NBA MVP, 2x Finals MVP, 14x All-Star, 10x All-NBA, 2x Scoring Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist
Career Stats: 25.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.5 SPG
There's a couple of things you normally don't say if you're a basketball player: You can beat the Dream Team, fuck you to the media, and openly diss critics. However, if you've been at the top of the game for as long Kobe has, you kind of have license to do so. Bryant is one of those stars blessed with raw talent who molded it into its full potential. He stands as one of the most decorated ballers still playing. At 34, Bryant still isn't slowing down with his jump shot that seems to have aged like fine wine (and he still has hops!).
The Black Mamba has given us a lot of exciting memories throughout his career, from the greatness of that Shaq/Kobe alley to the legendary 81-point performance (Don't try the "It's just the Raptors argument." How many other players have done that? We're waiting). Part of what makes him so elite, though, isn't just his talent but his instinctual will to win. They don't teach you that in college.