Kobe Bryant is one of the most polarizing NBA players of all-time — playing for the Los Angeles Lakers for his entire career hasn’t hurt him, either.
The Black Mamba turned 36-years-old yesterday (let that sink in). He’s come a long way from being a skinny kid out of high school that was traded for Vlade Divac.
And perhaps the best way to honor his silkily-smooth scoring abilities, his electric athleticism and his contagious character and work ethic is by honoring the Mamba the only way that seemed right — as an artist, by artists.
After all, he’s probably the closest thing that we’ll ever have to Michael Jordan.
(No, that remark doesn’t make it OK to open a Kobe vs MJ argument here)
And that’s exactly what Bleacher Report did in their digital, 20-page magazine. You can view it in its entirety here. The brilliantly done piece from BR featured art from Charis Tsevis, Mink Couteaux, Simon Prades, Henry Kaye, Eric Piatkowski ,Nikkolas Smith, James Bennett and Ishaan Mishra.