He was a high school phenomenon. An NBA MVP. He was a two-time scoring champion, once scoring 81 points in a game, and is third in career scoring. He was an 18-time All-Star, four times named MVP of the game. He won two Olympic gold medals. He was twice NBA Finals MVP. He played in the Finals seven times, and won five championship rings.
He is for now and all time a Laker.
Kobe exits the game with a 5-2 record in the Finals and it compares favorably with some of his superstar contemporaries. Michael Jordan had a perfect 6-0 Finals record, Shaquille O'Neal was 4-2, Tim Duncan is 5-1 and LeBron James stands at 2-4.
Here is a quick look at Bryant's seven Lakers teams – all coached by Phil Jackson -- that reached the NBA Finals: