Five-time NBA champion. Two-time NBA Finals MVP. 2008’s Most Valuable Player. Fifteen-time All-Star. Four-time All-Star Game MVP. Two-time scoring champion. I could go on, but I won’t as I’ll be here all day.
Yes, Kobe Bryant has accomplished a lot in his seventeen year NBA career, yet what’s his proudest moment of them all?
During an hour-long interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Bryant revealed the proudest moment of his storied career:
[pullquote]Kimmel: You turn 35 next week. You’ve accomplished a lot, obviously. What are you most proud of that you’ve accomplished?
Bryant: Man, it’s tough. It’s been a long career, you know, in 17 years it’s hard to pinpoint in my professional career the thing I’m most proud of. But, it’s fun to kind of challenge – from a 17-year-old kid, and kind of challenge what’s normal or what the system was. That was pretty cool.[/pullquote]
I guess when you’re an athlete as accomplished as Kobe it’s hard to put you finger on the one thing which really stands out to you as your proudest moment. It seems for him it was “breaking the mould” and making the jump from high school to the NBA, which in turn allowed him to prove all the doubters wrong. As we discussed yesterday, Bryant thrives off the haters, so being able to make a successful transition from high school to the Association had to feel pretty good – especially when you were picked 13th overall in the draft and then you’re winning your first championship just four years later.