Los Angeles, CA, USA; Kobe Bryant salutes the crowd flanked by wife Vanessa Bryant and daughters Natalia Bryant and Gianna Bryant during the 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers championship parade on Figueroa Street. (Photo by Kirby Lee/WireImage)

As NBA and Laker fans know, Kobe Bryant is a legend. He is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. The Black Mamba played for 20 years and all of them wearing the Purple and Gold uniform. He would have his number 8 and 24 jerseys raised up to the rafters of Staples Center. Likewise, he’s compared to Michael Jordan because of his playing style.

The Top 40 Kobe Bryant Moments from His Illustrious Career

Most say that he’s the greatest Laker in franchise history. Most noteworthy, he was an 18-time All-Star, four-time All-Star MVP, two-time scoring champion, one-time regular season MVP, five-time title winner and two-time Finals MVP. Additionally, he made the All-NBA First Team 11 times and the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times.

Above all, Kobe was exciting to watch because of his unbelievable shot making abilities, scoring performances, and his will to win at all costs. In crunch time, the Mamba will always come through and take the big shot. Furthermore, it showed everybody that he will never shy away from the moment.

Kobe would get up early in the morning to workout and shoot a thousand shots a day. Certainly, he pushed himself and his teammates to be the best. As a result, that work ethic showed that he was committed all-day every day to the game of basketball. He would play through numerous injuries like a broken finger, ankle sprain and a bum knee to show his warrior mentality. Consequently, as he got older, the injuries like the torn achilles caught up to him. Nevertheless, Kobe had a great career that will put him in Springfield, Massachusetts.

All things considered as Kobe turns 40 years of age, he’s left the league with so many memorable moments. Here are 40 of them to match his age.

1996 NBA Draft 

First Career Point 

First 20 Point Game

1997 Dunk Contest

The crossover and dunk on Ben Wallace

33 points vs. Jordan’s 36

1998 All-Star Game

First 40 Point Game

2000 Playoffs: First Playoff Game Winner 

2000 NBA Finals Game 4

First 50 Point Game

First All-Star Game MVP

Comeback win vs. Mavericks

12 Threes vs. the Sonics

55 points in last game vs. MJ

The baseline reverse dunk versus the Timberwolves

Game tying three vs Pistons

Christmas Day game vs. Shaq 

Dunk over Dwight Howard

Left handed three

62 in Three Quarters 

81 point game

First Round Game 4 vs. Suns 

Dunk over Steve Nash

50 Point Streak

2008 NBA MVP

2008 Summer Olympics

61 Points at the Garden

Rainbow fadeaway jumper over LeBron James

2009 Co-All Star MVP with Shaq

Passing the ball off the backboard and putback on Yao Ming

First title without Shaq

The Off Balance Winning Three vs. Heat

NBA Finals Game 7 vs. Celtics

Dunk over Kris Humphries

Doing it to the Raptors again

Free Throws on Torn Achilles

Passing Jordan on the All-Time Scoring List

The Last All-Star Game

60 point career finale

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