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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference reacts in the second half of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. (Feb. 20, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Drafted out of high school in 1996, Kobe Bryant has won five NBA titles in with the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls his
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant pulls his jersey over his head after being called for a foul on Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 109-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The Lakers won, 104-96. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) atgues
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) atgues for a foul call, which he eventually got, against the New Orleans Hornets in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, walks downcourt
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, walks downcourt with his jersey in his mouth during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Bryant scored 47 points as the Lakers won 113-106.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant embraces South
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NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant embraces South Korean students in his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea. (July 14, 2011)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, goes up for a shot as New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor defends during the second half in Game 5. (April 26, 2011)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives past Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena. (March 10, 2011)

Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat posts
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Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat posts up Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game at American Airlines Arena. (March 10, 2011)

Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and
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Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference reacts as he sits between Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers. (Feb. 20, 2011)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference celebrates after being named MVP for the fourth time in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. (Feb. 20, 2011)

West Team's Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers
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West Team's Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers (R) steals the ball from East Team's Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat as he drives to the basket during the NBA All-Star Game. (Feb. 20, 2011)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference reacts in the second half of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. (Feb. 20, 2011)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference is helped up in the first quarter of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. (Feb. 20, 2011)

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24)
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Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives to the basket against New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 11, 2011)

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kobe Bryant (24)
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kobe Bryant (24) takes a jump shot over New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. (Feb. 11, 2011)

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire defends against Lakers guard
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Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire defends against Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during the first half, Sunday. (Jan. 9, 2011)

1. Kobe Bryant

13th pick, 1996, Charlotte Hornets Bryant never got
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13th pick, 1996, Charlotte Hornets
Bryant never got on the court for the Hornets. Instead, he was dealt to the Lakers for Vlade Divac in a controversial deal. He blossomed into one of the all-time greats. Barely a lottery selection, Kobe first-teamed with Shaquille O'Neal as the most lethal duo since MJ and Pippen, then overcame an ugly split with Shaq to lead the Lakers once again to the promised land. He has 5 NBA titles.

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson
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Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

LOS ANGELES LAKERS 2009-10 record: 57-25 Two-time defending
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LOS ANGELES LAKERS
2009-10 record: 57-25
Two-time defending champs will open the season slightly banged up, including Kobe Bryant, but they'll have plenty of time to get ready for a run at another Three-peat.

ATLANTA - MARCH 31: Joe Johnson #2 of
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ATLANTA - MARCH 31: Joe Johnson #2 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Philips Arena on March 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd while riding in the victory parade for the the NBA basketball champions, Monday. (June 21, 2010)

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Kobe Bryant
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots as he is
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots as he is defended by Celtics forward Kevin Garnett during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA finals, Tuesday, in Los Angeles. (June 15, 2010)

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after Celtics forward
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts after Celtics forward Paul Pierce ripped away a rebound from him during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. (June 13, 2010)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to the media after the Lakers' loss to the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the 2010 NBA Finals. (June 10, 2010)

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, drives
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, drives against Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen (20) during the first quarter in Game 3 of the NBA basketball finals Tuesday, June 8, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant, left, and
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Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant, left, and Derek Fisher react during the fourth quarter in Game 3. (June 8, 2010)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers
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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the 2010 NBA Finals. (June 8, 2010)

LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant talks to the
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LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant talks to the referee before the Boston Celtics went on to win 103-94 in Game 2 of the NBA finals at the Staples Center. (June 6, 2010)

Boston Celtics' Ray Allen celebrates in front of
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Boston Celtics' Ray Allen celebrates in front of Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant late during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, June 6, 2010. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10: Kobe Bryant
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SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates against the Utah Jazz during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers looks
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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on while taking on the Utah Jazz during Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. (May 4, 2010)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, from left,
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, from left, of Spain, Kobe Bryant, and Derek Fisher watch during the second half of Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. (May 4, 2010)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Kobe Bryant
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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers protests a call as he plays the Utah Jazz during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2010 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 104-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers rests
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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers rests against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. (April 18, 2010)

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant playfully battles with
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant playfully battles with Oklahoma Thunder's Kevin Durant during the closing minutes in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The Lakers won, 87-79. (Kevin Sullivan/Orange County Register/MCT)

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant takes issue with
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant takes issue with officiating during NBA action against the Indiana Pacers. (March 2, 2010)

6-foot-6: KOBE BRYANTHe may be getting older, but
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6-foot-6: KOBE BRYANT
He may be getting older, but his game certainly isn?t falling off just yet. Once the sidekick to Shaq, Bryant now leads the way for the clear-cut Western Conference favorites. Mr. Clutch, Kobe has averaged 25.0 PPG in the playoffs for his career.
2010 STATS: 27.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 4.8 APG
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant yells towards an
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant yells towards an official calling for a foul during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. The Lakers won 95-89. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, talks with
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Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, talks with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Miami, Thursday, March 4, 2010. The Heat won 114-111 in overtime. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant glance at each other in the second quarter. (January 21, 2010)

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after making
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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after making the game-winning basket during overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 16, 2009. The Lakers won 107-106.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles
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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles in the fourth quarter during the game against the Chicago Bulls on November 19, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Basketball players Kobe Bryant (L) and Earvin
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Basketball players Kobe Bryant (L) and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. speak at the Michael Jackson public memorial service held at Staples Center on July 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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