Happy Birthday to Kobe Bryant, who turns 37 today.
He’ll likely celebrate by only working out for five hours.
There are few rabbit holes deeper than the Kobe Bryant highlights list on YouTube, but to celebrate the Black Mamba’s 37th birthday we went down that hole and settled on NBA.com’s Top 10 plays from Kobe’s career. (While the video is a couple of years old, it still works very well.)
Kobe is nearing the end of his career, but he’s going to leave it on his terms. Or at least he’s going to try. He will be back on the court this season leading what fans and management hope are the next generation of Lakers’ stars — D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle — by showing them tough love and how to play the game with a high IQ. He will show them how to put in the work. He will show them what it means to be a Laker.
And he will still make some plays that just drop your jaw. Because that’s part of what Kobe does.