Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!
For 20 years, fans have cheered and (mostly) booed the black mamba and his assassin on court antics. But I would like to point out that he did a lot of winning off of the court as well.
Yes, he has 5 championship rings, but he also got to keep his wedding ring, and that was a much bigger feat. The sexual assault case that he faced in 2003 not only failed to lock him up, the black mamba did not even lose his marriage. I'm not sure any athlete has ever come away cleaner than he did, and he has Lamborghini and a big ass ring to thank for it.
Kobe got to skip college and any financial struggles that come with it. He went pro right out of high school and has been earning fist fulls of money ever since his rookie season. In total, Kobe has earned a little over $323 million in salary. That does not include any endorsement deals he has.
Kobe has covered some classic video games and 7 in total. The Mamba has covered games on N64, Gamecube, Game Boy color, Playstation, PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360. That is impressive....and proves he has been playing FOREVER.
He is also responsible for one of the least memorable rap careers of all time. Kobe can ball and day every day on anyone you put in front of him, but he can not rap in any universe. Absolutely no flow, the hair was nice though.
Who knows what Kobe will do after he retires tonight. He has proven over the years that he is down to give anything a try, for better or worse.
The mamba will be missed on the basketball court for sure, I'm just not sure he knows what to do off of it.
PS. Anyone who paid a billion dollars to see him play his last game either has more money than they know what to do with or needs a new financial adviser.