Kobe Bryant’s 40th birthday: photographs from his NBA career

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years A collection of photos to celebrate the 40th birthday of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.PreviousLOS ANGELES: World Champion Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant with his Dodger hat and shirt signs autographs for his fans after throwing out the first pitch before the Dodgers vs Padres game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday June 27,2000.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant with Lakers Owner Jerry Buss, Magic Johnson and Venessa Bryant celebrate after winning the NBA Finals at Staples Center Thursday in Los Angeles, CA. June 17, 2010. Lakers defeat the Celtics 83-79 to win the 2010 NBA Finals. (Terry Pierson/ The Press-Enterprise) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsKobe Bryant walks off the court after a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant walks to meet Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul during a timeout nearing the end of the game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Clippers win 103-81. (Photo by Ed Crisostomo)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, shares laughter with the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during a game at Staples Center on December 23, 2015. (Photo by Kyusung Gong)Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, second from left, directs his teammates during a break in the action of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 30, 2010. From left are Ron Artest, Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol, of Spain. Los Angeles won the game 95-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and coach Phil Jackson talk during a break against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series, Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Wizards Michael Jordan is helped up by Lakers Kobe Bryant in the second half of the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant was called for a charging foul. (Photo by/Terry Pierson)Kobe Bryant’s post-career plans – and his personality – don’t lend themselves to the Laker legend disappearing from the public eye (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News, SCNG)MVP Kobe Bryant of the Lakers holds up his trophy. 2011 NBA All Star Game at Stapels Center on Sunday, February 20, 2011. (Kurt Miller, The Press-Enterprise)Since retiring from the NBA last spring, former Laker Kobe Bryant has focused on digital storytelling with his Newport Beach-based company Kobe, Inc. ‘I’ve been so consumed and have had so much fun in putting stories together and putting up techniques,’ Bryant said. ‘Every day to come into the office, to take on and come up with stories and figure out a way to make those stories real by challenging ourselves to come up with techniques that haven’t been done, it consumes me. I just love it.’ (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)Kobe Bryant talks about his former teammate Shaquille O’Neal during a ceremony to unveil a bronze statue of Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Hall of Fame player O’Neal in Star Plaza at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Friday, March 24, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)The Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds onto the NBA Championship Trophy during their 2010 Championship Parade on Monday, June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Stan Lim/The Press Enterprise)Los Angeles Lakers’s Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O’Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles. O’Neal says on Twitter Wednesday June 1, 2011,that he’s “about to retire.” O’Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, “im retiring.” It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, “We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That’s why I’m telling you first: I’m about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)Kobe Bryant’s #8 and #24 jerseys are unveiled during a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Kobe Bryant poses in the press room with the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” during the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)Some fans’ refusal to accept that they can root for new Laker LeBron James, right, even if they still cherish former Laker Kobe Bryant, left, borders on ridiculous. (Mark Ralston, AFP/GettyImages)Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna watch the U.S. national championships swimming meet Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Earvin “Magic” Johnson  and Kobe Bryant during a ceremony to retire both the numbers he wore as a Los Angeles Laker at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waves good bye to the fans after an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in his last appearance at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Renamed SleepTrain Arena, the facility has been the home of the Kings since it opened in 1988. The Kings won an NBA-best 61 games in the 2001-02 season behind Chris Webber and Vlade Divac, losing to the eventual champion Lakers in Game 7 of the conference finals. The Kings will play their last game at the aging building, Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder and begin play next season at the new Golden One Center built in downtown Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant holds the NBA Championship trophy aloft during the Lakers’ victory celebration of their third consecutive NBA championship Friday, June 14, 2002, in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, left, holding the championship trophy, celebrates with teammates Rick Fox, Lindsey Hunter, second from right, and Shaquille O’Neal, right, holding the MVP trophy, after winning Game 4 of the NBA Finals, June 12, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-107, capturing their third consecutive NBA championship. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, wearing former Lakers’ general manager’s Jerry West jersey, celebrates on stage with teammates, from left to right, Isaiah Rider, Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant, Stanislav Medvedenko, Devean George, Tyronn Lue and Horace Grant, during the Lakers victory celebration at Staples Center Monday, June 18, 2001, in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win their second consecutive championship. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant smiles as he talks to reporters following the Lakers’ victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5 of the NBA finals Friday, June 15, 2001 in Philadelphia. The Lakers won their second straight NBA championship, defeating the 76ers 108-96 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8) turns and heads up-court after drilling a three-point shot in the first quarter, as Seattle SuperSonics’ Brent Barry (31) follows Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, in Seattle. (AP Photo)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant answers reporters’ questions following a team practice Friday, April 16, 1999, at Los Angeles Southwest College. The departure of Dennis Rodman was the main topic of the day. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant drives toward the basket as New York Knicks’ Kurt Thomas guards during the second half of their game Sunday, March 28, 1999, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won the game 99-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant has his right hand in a cast while sitting on the Laker bench watching his teammates battle the Golden State Warriors in an NBA exhibition game Tuesday Oct. 19, 1999 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O’Neal pose for a photo during media day at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Monday, Oct. 4, 1999. The Lakers training camp opens in Santa Barbara, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999. (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant goes up for a shot between the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson, right, during an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles in this Feb. 23, 2006, file photo. Los Angeles, which has its share of sports teams, is vying with Chicago, which also has its share of team, to host the 2016 Games. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, file)In this June 9, 2016 file photo, retired NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant poses at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Los Angeles. Bryant has received a one-of-a-kind retirement gift from rapper Snoop Dogg: a Los Angeles Lakers-themed convertible. He posted a picture on Twitter of him and Snoop standing by the purple and gold car Wednesday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)USA’s Kobe Bryant, right, works the ball under the net as Spain’s Pau Gasol (4) defends during the men’s gold medal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)USA’s Kobe Bryant pops his shirt as celebrates after beating Spain 118-107 in the men’s gold medal basketball game at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, tries to stop Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the fourth quarter in a basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, in Cleveland. James scored 33 points for the Cavaliers’ 94-90 win. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, center, Devean George, left, and Gary Payton, right, walk onto the court for the second half of their game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 4, 2003, in Milwaukee. Not a single protester or heckler was around Monda as the Lakers left for their shootaround, continuing a relatively quiet weeklong road trip that marked Bryant’s first long foray into some of the 27 cities where he will ply his craft in front of thousands of fans acutely aware of the drama surrounding him.Bryant was loudly booed in Milwaukee and San Antonio before getting a less-severe treatment in New Orleans and Memphis. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, yells at referee Tony Brown about a foul call during the second half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday night, Nov. 12, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers super fan Gabbie Aquino, 24, holds the Kobe head she brought as she cheers in the second half of the game at Citizens Business Bank Arena Sunday in Ontario, CA. October 12, 2014.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, passes the ball as Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett defends in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark Avery)Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, left, shakes hands with general manger Mitch Kupchak after signing his contract during a news conference Thursday, July 15, 2004, at the team’s training facility in El Segundo, Calif. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant, of the the Lakers, share a laugh on the bench during the Lakers vs. Clippers game at Staples Center. Malone and Bryant are on the injured list. (Photo by Amanda Lucidon of The Press-Enterprise, file)Lakers watch during pre-game as a huge picture of Kobe Bryant flashed across the screen as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 128-114 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 20. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 and Cavalier LeBron James #23 in the first half during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 on the bench in the first half during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates as the Lakers beat the Cavaliers 105-88 during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives the court in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives to the basket in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, drives to the basket in the first half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Cavaliers LeBron James ,23, and Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, jockey for position in the second half During a basketball game January 27. 2008 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday afternoon. (SGVN Staff Photo Keith BirminghamSXSports)Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (36) fouls Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) shoots past Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal (36) in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) before a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 with Pau Gasol during a basketball game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday January 19, 2009 in Los Angeles.2-1-98-6–BULLS#1–KEITH BIRMINGHAM–TRIBINGLEWOOD: Michael Jordan (23) goes up for a layup, but Shaquille O’Neal (34) prepares to reject him as Kobe Bryant looks on in the Sunday afternoon between Lakers and Bulls.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) sits alone on the bench before a basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center on Sunday, April 4, 2010 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) after hitting a three pointer in the first half during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, April 10, 2011, in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, smiles as filmmaker Spike Lee films him for a story during a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers April 13. 2008 at the Staples Center. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant’s wife and kids held signs supporting Kobe for MVP as the Lakers beat the Spurs 106-85 during a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers April 13. 2008 at the Staples Center. (Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Mags Out/No Sales/Internet Out)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant,8, drives to the basketball against the Sacramento Kings defense in the first half of the game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles April 17,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)New Orleans Hornets’ Jarrett Jack (2) celebrates as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant upset that he lost the ball on a back court violation in the fourth quarter during a NBA Western Conference First Round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles, on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Hornets won the game 109-100. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, fouled hard to going to the basket in the first half during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Lakers Kobe Bryant ,8, enters the Staples center court. Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles April 28. 2006.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker’s Kobe Bryant ,24, celebrates a three pointer in the fourth quarter as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 122-107 during a first round playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers April 23. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Lakers Kobe Bryant ,8, dejected at the end of the 1st half as Suns Steve Nash ,13, celebrates. Phoenix Suns vs Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles May 5. 2006.(SGVN Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)A Laker Kobe Bryant #24 fan in the first half as the Rockets beat the Laker 100-92 during game one of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Monday May 4, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in the first quarter during game two of a NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 enters the court before game two of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday May 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 and head coach Phil Jackson before game two of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Wednesday May 6, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)NBA and Laker MVP Kobe Bryant #24 before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 holds up the MVP trophy before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 holds up the MVP award with his team mates before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/SXSports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 as the Lakers beat the Rockets 89-70 during game seven of a Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday May 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant #24 and Derek Fisher #2 as the Lakers beat the Nuggets 105-103 during game one of a Western Conference final playoff basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on Tuesday May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates with Ronny Turiaf #21 as the Lakers beat the Spurs 89-85 during game one of the the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers May 21. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Laker Kobe Bryant #24 celebrates with Ronny Turiaf #21 as the Lakers beat the Spurs 89-85 during game one of the the Western Conference Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers May 21. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)NBA and Laker MVP Kobe Bryant #24 before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) before game five of a Western Conference Final Playoff basketball game as the Lakers beat the Suns 103-101 at the Staples Center on Thursday, May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest (37) jumps into the arms of Kobe Bryant (24) after scoring at the buzzer at the end of the fourth quarter to beat the Suns 103-101 as Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) walks away during game five of a Western Conference Final Playoff basketball game at the Staples Center on Thursday, May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles.Laker fans show there support for Kobe Bryant #24 after winning the MVP trophy before game two of the the Western Conference Semi final playoff’s between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers May 7. 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates as he was introduced to the 90 thousand plus fans during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant celebrates on stage during the victory rally for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday June 17, 2009 in Los Angeles. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Lakers Kobe Bryant smiles as the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angeles of Anaheim at Anaheim Stadium on Sunday June 21, 2009 in Anaheim. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (24) with his knees iced late in the second half as the Lakers beat the Warriors 107-83 during a NBA basketball game at the Staples Center on Sunday, October 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant before a basketball game at the Staples Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles.Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd after receiving his Al-Star jersey prior to a NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2015 in Los Angeles.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) points after hitting a three point shot against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers won 119-115.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Sacramento: Kobe Bryant,8, of the Lakers and Mike Bibby,10, of the Kings shake hands and hug after the win against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento,Ca June 2,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant sits on the bench with head coach Phil Jackson before game one of a NBA Western Conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, May 2, 2011. Mavericks won the game 96-94. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Birmingham/SPORTS)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant,8, of the Lakers celebrates as the game winds and the Lakers defeated the Spurs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,Ca May 14,2002.(Pasadena Star-News Staff Photo Keith Birmingham/Sports)Los Angeles: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers slam dunks on the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center Nov 9,2001. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)LOS ANGELES: World Champion Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant with his Dodger hat and shirt signs autographs for his fans after throwing out the first pitch before the Dodgers vs Padres game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday June 27,2000.(Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)NextShow Caption1 of 93Lakers’ Kobe Bryant takes a break from the NBA playoffs to accept a challenge from Los Angeles-area youngsters on Nintendo’s new basketball video game ‘Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside.’ With him are Ashley Dunning of Los Angeles, Taylor Livingston of La Crescenta, and John Torrez, right, of Rolando Heights. The game was released on Monday, April 27, 1998. (Feature Photo Service)Expand Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

2 thoughts on “Kobe Bryant’s 40th birthday: photographs from his NBA career

  1. I want to share a message that has been spreading all over the internet that concerns the times we are living in. Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must read message!

    We can see throughout time how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Would it surprise you to know that the Bible foretold of this event? Don’t believe me? This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this!

    This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This message also shares why Barack Obama will be the Antichrist. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast in our right-hand or forehead. We could still buy or sell among one another without receiving the mark if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    These verses could not be referring to something spiritual because the word references two different physical locations (our right-hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. It once again logically deduces itself to this reason.

    Here is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this microchip in the late 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about a one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this refers to a hypodermic needle (see photo).

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    THE HIDDEN MEANING BEHIND THE NUMBER 666 REVEALED!

    What I first want to mention, before I share what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me concerning the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Examining Revelation 13:16,17,18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is described in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18.

    The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people,

    1 – “both small and great,
    2 – rich and poor,
    3 – free and slave…”.

    Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell,

    1 – “…the mark
    2 – or the name of the beast,
    3 – or the number of his name”.

    Now unto verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by,

    1 – “the number of the beast,
    2 – for it is the number of a man:
    3 – His number is 666”.

    The last three I see is the number “6” being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point about God confirming in three is because it is the key to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    Throughout the centuries there have been people trying to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person, the Antichrist; but from Revelation 13:18, I do not see where God is telling us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is identified as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes is key to unlocking the number 666. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally by using the rule of three based off the number.

    We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start.

    We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60 because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666.

    The only logical option is 6+6+6=18.

    What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18 (there a total of 18 verses in Revelation Chapter 13), being the third verse out of the three verses that describe the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16,17,18. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between 666 are:

    66+6=72 and 6+66=72.

    Add both 72’s together and you get 144.

    Why the number 144 is worth our attention is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers from counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is compelling about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply the same formula that was used to count 666, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take:

    8+8+8=24

    8+88=96

    88+8=96

    you get 24+96+96=216.

    Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666.

    Remember that this was the same exact formula we used to count the number 666 that ultimately brought forth the number 888.

    Here is a quick recap to demonstrate how this formula confirms itself as being the true way to count 666:

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72 > 6+66=72 > 18+72+72=162

    2: 144,000 divided by 162=888

    3: 8+8+8=24 > 88+8=96 > 8+88=96 > 24+96+96=216

    4: 144,000 divided by 216=666

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72…

    As you can see, it is perpetual. And remember that we consistently used a formula that worked in threes being the number that God uses for confirmation.

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license; being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters (6+6+6).

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    “Why did the Biden campaign choose 30330? 2020 divided by 666 = 3.0330 Who believes this to be a coincidence? October 2020 Isaiah 53:6 Someone said we are being whipsawed in 2020. Truly a great division is taking place between good and evil—both symbolically and literally (riots, unrest, politics). If you take the current year 2020 and divide it by the number 666 (known for its satanic implications) you will get the number 30330 (repeated). This number 30330 happens to be the number used to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Freaky? Supernatural? Odd for sure. Whatever this means, it doesn’t seem good to me. First, why would anyone knowingly choose those particular numbers for their campaign? If they weren’t knowingly chosen, then it appears to be a supernatural act by the evil one himself and I would want to change those numbers ASAP. And if the numbers were chosen knowing their significance, are you satanic? Is this campaign satanic? Either way I do not believe this is a coincidence. And one thing is certain, 2020 is truly being divided by Satan. He is the master deceiver and spreader of chaos. Jesus calls him the father of lies.”

    So I looked up this number 30330 concerning Joe Biden, and I found this information:

    If you send a text to that number (at that time), you would get a response asking to support Joe’s campaign to take down Donald Trump, with one part in caps saying “CHIP IN >>” pointing to a link to go and donate.

    “CHIP IN”? Obama has used this phrase in the past on his twitter and people believe it is a subliminal message to receive the mark of the beast, that is to say the implantable RFID microCHIP that will go IN our body.

    Go to: http://revolutionbible.org to see all the proof!

    Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Jesus says that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    BARACK OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST:

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions who say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil, and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into our reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. These laws were not given so we may be justified, rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill; even bringing the law to it’s truest light by stating, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched, it must be satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised to life on the third day and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him.

    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again'” (John 3:5-7).

    Come before the Lord with a contrite spirit, humble yourself, ask Him for His forgiveness, to receive the free gift of His salvation, to receive His Holy Spirit, so that you may be transformed into a new creature, into a child of the living God.

    There is a reason why the words of Jesus have been translated in to over 2000 languages, and nothing comes remotely close (the Quran just over 100), because there is a God in heaven who desires to have a relationship with you, to know Him through His word, as that is how we personally get to know anybody. There is a reason why it is the year 2021, because Jesus came to earth just over 2000 years ago fulfilling major prophecy causing a divide in our timeline.

    Jesus loves you! Seek Him while He may be found!

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