Photos: Kobe Bryant through the years

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant’s last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
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Basketball fan Fernando Valenzuela displays his collection of five replica championship rings, representing Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant’s career championship rings, at a fan festival commemorating Bryant’s final NBA game outside Staples Center downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Bryan plays his last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz today. Many of Bryant’s fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. It’s a feeling they’re about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant gestures during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant gestures during the first half of Bryant’s last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
Kobe Bryant, Shelvin Mack
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, works against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
Kobe Bryant, Gordon Hayward
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, right, shoots as Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game as the Lakers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
Former player Shaquille O'Neal watches as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks by during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Former player Shaquille O’Neal watches as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks by during the first half of Bryant’s last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
Gianna Bryant, Kobe Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, right, kisses his daughter Gianna after the last NBA basketball game of his career, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points as the Lakers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
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Fans reach out for Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant as he walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retiring against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, hugs Magic Johnson during a ceremony before Bryant’s last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, and trainer Gary Vitti congratulate each other after an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, and trainer Gary Vitti congratulate each other after an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, takes the court for his final NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, takes the court for his final NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP)
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Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant smiles as he arrives for the last NBA basketball game of his career, against thw Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant warms up during a ceremony before Bryant’s last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (AP)
Workers wrap Staples Center in a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. I's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Workers wrap Staples Center in a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant’s fans – even some of the adults – have never known Los Angeles without him. It’s a feeling they’re about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) (AP/Richard Vogel)
Giant displays commemorating Kobe Bryant's career have been added outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. I's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Giant displays commemorating Kobe Bryant’s career have been added outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant’s fans – even some of the adults – have never known Los Angeles without him. It’s a feeling they’re about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) (AP/Richard Vogel)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) drives down the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) drives down the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) (AP/Alonzo Adams)
A Kobe Bryant fan holds a sign thanking him for his 20 years during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
A Kobe Bryant fan holds a sign thanking him for his 20 years during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams) (AP/Alonzo Adams)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant greets fans as he leaves the court after an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, April 8, 2016. The Pelicans won 110-102. Bryant says he will be retiring at the end of the season, thus his last NBA game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant greets fans as he leaves the court after an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, April 8, 2016. The Pelicans won 110-102. Bryant says he will be retiring at the end of the season, thus his last NBA game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP/Gerald Herbert)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, center, shoots as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, and forward Bismack Biyombo, of Congo, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 102-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, center, shoots as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, and forward Bismack Biyombo, of Congo, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 102-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) balances on one foot as he saves the ball from going out of bounds in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 111-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) balances on one foot as he saves the ball from going out of bounds in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 111-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (AP/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reflects at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Pacers won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reflects at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Pacers won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) (AP/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. At second left is Lakers' Sasha Vujacic.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O’Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. At second left is Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien trophy, left, and the most valuable player trophy after winning the NBA basketball championships against the Boston Celtics Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 83-79. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien trophy, left, and the most valuable player trophy after winning the NBA basketball championships against the Boston Celtics Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 83-79. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts to a foul call during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs agains the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won87-79. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts to a foul call during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs agains the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won87-79. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Mark J. Terrill)
President Barack Obama stands with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 2009 NBA basketball champions Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama stands with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 2009 NBA basketball champions Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Charles Dharapak)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy and finals MVP trophy after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien championship trophy and finals MVP trophy after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots past Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood during a preseason game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Haderthauer)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots past Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood during a preseason game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Haderthauer) (AP/JEFFREY HADERTHAUER)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (8) goes by Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace (3) in the first half of  Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich. Tuesday night June 15, 2004. (AP Photo/ Paul Sancya )
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (8) goes by Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace (3) in the first half of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich. Tuesday night June 15, 2004. (AP Photo/ Paul Sancya ) (AP/PAUL SANCYA)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a layup against Houston Rockets' Maurice Taylor during the fourth quarter of a first-round Western Conference NBA playoff game Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 16 points in the Lakers' 72-71 win. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a layup against Houston Rockets’ Maurice Taylor during the fourth quarter of a first-round Western Conference NBA playoff game Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 16 points in the Lakers’ 72-71 win. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (AP/KEVORK DJANSEZIAN)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant puts up a shot as Houston Rockets' Yao Ming and Jon Barry guard during the second half Friday night, Jan. 7, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant puts up a shot as Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming and Jon Barry guard during the second half Friday night, Jan. 7, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (AP/MARK J. TERRILL)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting the game-winning basket in the Lakers' 101-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Bryant was in court for a pretrial hearing on his sexual assualt charge in Eagle, Colo., earlier Friday and missed the first quarter. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting the game-winning basket in the Lakers’ 101-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Bryant was in court for a pretrial hearing on his sexual assualt charge in Eagle, Colo., earlier Friday and missed the first quarter. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/CHRIS CARLSON)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) dishes off against the Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire (32) and Joe Johnson during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at America West Arena in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (8) dishes off against the Phoenix Suns’ Amare Stoudemire (32) and Joe Johnson during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at America West Arena in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) (AP/MATT YORK)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant holds the hand of his wife Vanessa as he pauses during a news conference Friday, July 18, 2003, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBAs brightest young superstars. Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant holds the hand of his wife Vanessa as he pauses during a news conference Friday, July 18, 2003, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBAs brightest young superstars. Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/KEVORK DJANSEZIAN)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up the NBA Championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-107 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J.  The Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up the NBA Championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-107 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/RUSTY KENNEDY)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up a team jersey to the chest of President Bush during a ceremony for the 2001 NBA World Champions in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up a team jersey to the chest of President Bush during a ceremony for the 2001 NBA World Champions in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. (AP Photo/Doug Mills) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/DOUG MILLS)
FILE-This April 21, 2002 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers's Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.  O'Neal says on Twitter  Wednesday June 1, 2011,that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)
FILE-This April 21, 2002 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers’s Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O’Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/MARK J. TERRILL)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds up the championship trophy after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday, June 16, 2001, in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night to win back-to-back championships. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds up the championship trophy after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday, June 16, 2001, in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night to win back-to-back championships. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (AP/KEVORK DJANSEZIAN)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant goes up for a rebound in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers' in game 5  of the NBA finals Friday June 15, 2001 in Philadelphia.  The Lakers won their second straight NBA championship, defeating the 76ers 108-96 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,  Pool)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant goes up for a rebound in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers’ in game 5 of the NBA finals Friday June 15, 2001 in Philadelphia. The Lakers won their second straight NBA championship, defeating the 76ers 108-96 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool) (AP/MARK J. TERRILL)
FILE-This May 21, 2001 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, left, and teammate Kobe Bryant embracing at mid court during the final second of their victory over the  San Antonio Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, May 21, 2001. O'Neal says Wednesday June 1, 2011, on Twitter that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/Eric Gay,File)
FILE-This May 21, 2001 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal, left, and teammate Kobe Bryant embracing at mid court during the final second of their victory over the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, May 21, 2001.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay,File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/ERIC GAY)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant throws out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant throws out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/KEVORK DJANSEZIAN)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal hug and lift their arms in victory after taking the NBA Championship in six games with a 116-111 win over the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles Monday, June 19, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal hug and lift their arms in victory after taking the NBA Championship in six games with a 116-111 win over the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles Monday, June 19, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/MICHAEL CAULFIELD)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant slam dunks in the closing seconds  against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant slam dunks in the closing seconds against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/MARK J. TERRILL)
FILE- This Feb. 5, 1999 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (34) putting his arms around teammates, Elden Campbell (41) and Kobe Bryant (8) as Eddie Jones (6) and Derek Harper walk in front as they return to play the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. O'Neal says on Twitter that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho,File)
FILE- This Feb. 5, 1999 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal (34) putting his arms around teammates, Elden Campbell (41) and Kobe Bryant (8) as Eddie Jones (6) and Derek Harper walk in front as they return to play the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho,File) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/VICTORIA AROCHO)
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, right, is held up by Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter action, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. Lakers routed the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, right, is held up by Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter action, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. Lakers routed the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O?Neal, right, flex his arm as he polishes off his superman tattoo seated next to teammate Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter of their blowout game against the Chicago Bulls, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. O?Neal scored 24-points and Bryant scored 20-points to route the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O’Neal, right, flex his arm as he polishes off his superman tattoo seated next to teammate Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter of their blowout game against the Chicago Bulls, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. O’Neal scored 24-points and Bryant scored 20-points to route the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Kevork Djansezian)
FILE - In this May 12, 1997 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (8) reacts to losing the ball as Utah Jazz forward Antoine Carr hits the deck in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City.  The Jazz beat the Lakers 98-93 in overtime. Bryant badly missed four shots in the final moments of the playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, ending the Lakers’ season. When the team returned to Los Angeles that night, Bryant went to a suburban gym and worked on his shot until dawn. Today, he says the Airball Game was a turning point in his ability to handle negativity and self-doubt with hard work.  (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
FILE – In this May 12, 1997 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (8) reacts to losing the ball as Utah Jazz forward Antoine Carr hits the deck in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. The Jazz beat the Lakers 98-93 in overtime. Bryant badly missed four shots in the final moments of the playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, ending the Lakers’ season. When the team returned to Los Angeles that night, Bryant went to a suburban gym and worked on his shot until dawn. Today, he says the Airball Game was a turning point in his ability to handle negativity and self-doubt with hard work. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File) (AP/DOUGLAS C. PIZAC)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers goes in for a layup against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their playoff game Thursday, May 8, 1997, in Inglewood, Calif.  The Lakers won 104-84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers goes in for a layup against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their playoff game Thursday, May 8, 1997, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won 104-84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (AP/CHRIS PIZZELLO)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, right, moves past Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson during the first half of their game, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, in Philadelphia. Bryant graduated from a suburban Philadelphia high school last year. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, right, moves past Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson during the first half of their game, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, in Philadelphia. Bryant graduated from a suburban Philadelphia high school last year. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/RUSTY KENNEDY)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant looks for a teammate to pass to as Minnesota Timberwolves James Robinson looks on during their game at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant looks for a teammate to pass to as Minnesota Timberwolves James Robinson looks on during their game at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Michael Caulfield)
FILE - In this July 12, 1996, file photo, Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. This was a key moment in the life of a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner, STf)
FILE – In this July 12, 1996, file photo, Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. This was a key moment in the life of a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner, STf) (AP/SUSAN STERNER)
Lower Merion High School basketball star Kobe Bryant announces that he is foregoing college and will enter the NBA draft at a press conference in the school gym in Ardmore, Pa. Monday, April 29,1996 (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Lower Merion High School basketball star Kobe Bryant announces that he is foregoing college and will enter the NBA draft at a press conference in the school gym in Ardmore, Pa. Monday, April 29,1996 (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/RUSTY KENNEDY)
Kobe Bryant playing for the East team in  Magic's Roundball Classic at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., shoots over the West teams Jamaal Magliore.  Both high school seniors, Bryant from Wynnewood, Penn., who attends Lower Merion High School and Magliore of Willowdale, Ontario, who attends Eastern High School of Commerce are undecided on the college they are going to next year. (AP Photo/Jeff Kowalsky)
Kobe Bryant playing for the East team in Magic’s Roundball Classic at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., shoots over the West teams Jamaal Magliore. Both high school seniors, Bryant from Wynnewood, Penn., who attends Lower Merion High School and Magliore of Willowdale, Ontario, who attends Eastern High School of Commerce are undecided on the college they are going to next year. (AP Photo/Jeff Kowalsky) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/JEFF KOWALSKY)
FILE--With a large flag as a backdrop, Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa. high school gym during a practice Friday, Jan. 19, 1996. Bryant was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the NBA draft Wednesday June 26, 1996 (AP Photo/rusty kennedy)
FILE–With a large flag as a backdrop, Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa. high school gym during a practice Friday, Jan. 19, 1996. Bryant was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the NBA draft Wednesday June 26, 1996 (AP Photo/rusty kennedy) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/RUSTY KENNEDY)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant waves to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant gestures during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Former player Shaquille O'Neal watches as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks by during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, and trainer Gary Vitti congratulate each other after an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, takes the court for his final NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Workers wrap Staples Center in a giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. I's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Giant displays commemorating Kobe Bryant's career have been added outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. I's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) drives down the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
A Kobe Bryant fan holds a sign thanking him for his 20 years during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant greets fans as he leaves the court after an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, April 8, 2016. The Pelicans won 110-102. Bryant says he will be retiring at the end of the season, thus his last NBA game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, center, shoots as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, and forward Bismack Biyombo, of Congo, defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 102-91. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) balances on one foot as he saves the ball from going out of bounds in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 111-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant reflects at news conference on why he decided to announce his retirement prior to an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Pacers won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher, center, holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Kobe Bryant, right, holds the MVP trophy as they celebrate after beating the Boston Celtics, 83-79, in Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. At second left is Lakers' Sasha Vujacic.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien trophy, left, and the most valuable player trophy after winning the NBA basketball championships against the Boston Celtics Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 83-79. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant reacts to a foul call during the second half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs agains the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sunday, April 18, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won87-79. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
President Barack Obama stands with Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, during a ceremony honoring the 2009 NBA basketball champions Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O'Brien championship trophy and finals MVP trophy after the Lakers beat the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals Sunday, June 14, 2009, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots past Washington Wizards center Brendan Haywood during a preseason game Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/ Jeffrey Haderthauer)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant (8) goes by Detroit Pistons Ben Wallace (3) in the first half of  Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Auburn Hills, Mich. Tuesday night June 15, 2004. (AP Photo/ Paul Sancya )
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a layup against Houston Rockets' Maurice Taylor during the fourth quarter of a first-round Western Conference NBA playoff game Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 16 points in the Lakers' 72-71 win. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant puts up a shot as Houston Rockets' Yao Ming and Jon Barry guard during the second half Friday night, Jan. 7, 2004, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after hitting the game-winning basket in the Lakers' 101-99 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, in Los Angeles. Bryant was in court for a pretrial hearing on his sexual assualt charge in Eagle, Colo., earlier Friday and missed the first quarter. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) dishes off against the Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire (32) and Joe Johnson during the first quarter Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003 at America West Arena in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant holds the hand of his wife Vanessa as he pauses during a news conference Friday, July 18, 2003, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Bryant was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBAs brightest young superstars. Bryant denied the charge, saying he was guilty only of adultery. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up the NBA Championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets 113-107 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in East Rutherford, N.J.  The Lakers won their third consecutive NBA championship. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant holds up a team jersey to the chest of President Bush during a ceremony for the 2001 NBA World Champions in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
FILE-This April 21, 2002 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers's Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille O'Neal embracing in the closing minutes in Game 1 of their best-of-five first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles.  O'Neal says on Twitter  Wednesday June 1, 2011,that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant holds up the championship trophy after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday, June 16, 2001, in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night to win back-to-back championships. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant goes up for a rebound in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers' in game 5  of the NBA finals Friday June 15, 2001 in Philadelphia.  The Lakers won their second straight NBA championship, defeating the 76ers 108-96 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,  Pool)
FILE-This May 21, 2001 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, left, and teammate Kobe Bryant embracing at mid court during the final second of their victory over the  San Antonio Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, May 21, 2001. O'Neal says Wednesday June 1, 2011, on Twitter that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/Eric Gay,File)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant throws out the first pitch at Dodgers Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres Tuesday, June 27, 2000, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal hug and lift their arms in victory after taking the NBA Championship in six games with a 116-111 win over the Indiana Pacers in Los Angeles Monday, June 19, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant slam dunks in the closing seconds  against the Phoenix Suns Wednesday, March 3, 1999, in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers won 101-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FILE- This Feb. 5, 1999 file photo shows Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (34) putting his arms around teammates, Elden Campbell (41) and Kobe Bryant (8) as Eddie Jones (6) and Derek Harper walk in front as they return to play the Houston Rockets in the fourth quarter at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. O'Neal says on Twitter that he's "about to retire." O'Neal sent a Tweet shortly before 2:45 p.m. saying, "im retiring." It included a link to a 16-second video in which he says, "We did it; 19 years, baby. Thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first: I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon." (AP Photo/ Victoria Arocho,File)
Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan, right, is held up by Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter action, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. Lakers routed the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O?Neal, right, flex his arm as he polishes off his superman tattoo seated next to teammate Kobe Bryant during the fourth quarter of their blowout game against the Chicago Bulls, Feb. 1, 1998 in Inglewood, California. O?Neal scored 24-points and Bryant scored 20-points to route the Bulls, 112-87. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
FILE - In this May 12, 1997 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (8) reacts to losing the ball as Utah Jazz forward Antoine Carr hits the deck in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City.  The Jazz beat the Lakers 98-93 in overtime. Bryant badly missed four shots in the final moments of the playoff loss to the Utah Jazz, ending the Lakers’ season. When the team returned to Los Angeles that night, Bryant went to a suburban gym and worked on his shot until dawn. Today, he says the Airball Game was a turning point in his ability to handle negativity and self-doubt with hard work.  (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers goes in for a layup against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their playoff game Thursday, May 8, 1997, in Inglewood, Calif.  The Lakers won 104-84. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, right, moves past Philadelphia 76ers Allen Iverson during the first half of their game, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996, in Philadelphia. Bryant graduated from a suburban Philadelphia high school last year. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant looks for a teammate to pass to as Minnesota Timberwolves James Robinson looks on during their game at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
FILE - In this July 12, 1996, file photo, Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. This was a key moment in the life of a five-time champion and 18-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner, STf)
Lower Merion High School basketball star Kobe Bryant announces that he is foregoing college and will enter the NBA draft at a press conference in the school gym in Ardmore, Pa. Monday, April 29,1996 (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Kobe Bryant playing for the East team in  Magic's Roundball Classic at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich., shoots over the West teams Jamaal Magliore.  Both high school seniors, Bryant from Wynnewood, Penn., who attends Lower Merion High School and Magliore of Willowdale, Ontario, who attends Eastern High School of Commerce are undecided on the college they are going to next year. (AP Photo/Jeff Kowalsky)
FILE--With a large flag as a backdrop, Kobe Bryant dunks the ball at his Lower Merion, Pa. high school gym during a practice Friday, Jan. 19, 1996. Bryant was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the NBA draft Wednesday June 26, 1996 (AP Photo/rusty kennedy)

WASHINGTON — Wednesday night, Kobe Bryant played the final game of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. We’ve put together a gallery of some of his career highlights, including multiple NBA championships. 

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