On this day but in 1996, an eighteen-year-old Kobe Bryant took the Staples Center coming off the bench for his debut. The rest, is history, becoming one of the best players in the NBA and winning 5 NBA Championships.

Kobe Bean Bryant was a young kid when he made his debut in the NBA, and with less than 7 minutes coming off the bench, he recorded a block and a rebound. Six years later after this, Bryant was winning for the third time in the NBA with Los Angeles Lakers, getting a three-peat.

He’s gone but never forgotten; Kobe’s legacy in the NBA and in the game of basketball will be forever cherished. With 5 NBA Championships under his name, and Academy Award, and 20-year career in Los Angeles Lakers proves that Kobe is one of the greatest to ever played basketball, and lots of young players nowadays playing in the NBA are looking after him, inspired by his “Mamba Mentality” and way of winning it all, no matter what.