Today in Sports History: June 14

In 2009, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic, 99-86 in Game 5 for the organization’s 15th NBA championship. Bryant won the Finals MVP for his outstanding 

Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 until he retired in 2016. He was named 12-time All-Defensive Team, 15-time All-NBA Team, one All-Rookie Team, four NBA All-Star MVPs, two NBA Finals MVP, one NBA MVP, and two Olympic Gold medals. 

Bryant led the Lakers to five championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, and 2010. As of 2020, Bryant holds the record for being the youngest player ever to start an NBA game, the youngest player ever to play in an All-Star game, most MVP awards, scored the most points in a game, one of four players to win 15 All-NBA team honors, one of four to win nine All-Defensive First Team honors, scored the most points ever in a single arena, the youngest player ever to reach 33,000 points at 37, and the oldest player ever to score over 60 points in a single game. 

Unfortunately, in 2020, Bryant was involved in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California with his daughter. He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in May of 2021 and was accepted by his wife, Vanessa Bryant. Bryant’s legacy will always be remembered. 

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