A Review Of All That Kobe Bryant Has Truly Accomplished

Kobe Bryant 30000 points and 5 NBA titlesWednesday night, Kobe Bryant scored his 30,000-career-point against the New Orleans Hornets. Bryant (34 years and 104 days) became the youngest player in NBA history to reach that total. He is now one of just five members of this very prestigious club.

Amid a career filled with both achievement and controversy, Bryant no doubt stands as one of the best players in NBA history. The Philadelphia native's list of individual accomplishments includes a league MVP (2008), 2 scoring titles, 10 All-NBA first team selections, 9 NBA All-Defensive first team nods, 14 All-Star appearances and an 81-point game in 2006.

From a team perspective, Bryant is the owner of five NBA titles and two NBA Finals MVP awards. His two most recent championships (2009, 2010) serve as the sweetest of the world titles, because the first three were earned alongside Shaquille O'Neal , with '09 and ‘10 occurring when Bryant was firmly ensconced as the Lakers undisputed leader.

In addition to his remarkable NBA success, fans cannot look past the fact that Bryant helped the United States Men's Basketball team to Gold Medals, in both 2008 and 2012.

Bryant's all-time great status places him in the same category as fellow Los Angeles Lakers legends Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain. Collectively, this group of icons helped the Lakers franchise to a remarkable 16 NBA championships.

Bryant's remaining career ambition involves his goal of winning a sixth and potentially seventh NBA title. If number 24 were to reach this lofty plateau, he would tie and then surpass the man he is most often compared to in this area, the immortal Michael Jordan.

When taking a step back from simply watching his game-by-game greatness, it is nothing less than remarkable to consider the totality of Kobe Bean Bryant's impact on the world of professional and international basketball.