Kobe Bryant built Hall of Fame career with tireless work ethic

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For 20 long seasons, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant lit up the National Basketball Association with a work ethic and closing ability matched by very few until he finally ended his stellar career on Wednesday.

At the age of 37, he realized that time was running out and last November he announced that the 2015-16 season would be his last as his battered body was no longer able to withstand the rigors of protracted campaigns.

Five-time NBA champion and future Hall of Famer Bryant was sidelined for nearly eight months in 2013 with a torn Achilles' tendon, then played just six games during the 2013-14 season because of a severe knee injury.

Last season, he played 35 games but increasingly suffered soreness in his knees, feet and back, prompting coach Byron Scott to cut back significantly on Bryant's playing time going forward while altering his on-court role.

His 2015-16 campaign has effectively been a farewell tour, his time on court significantly cut back though he ended up playing in 66 of 82 games, particularly on the road, to give fans one last chance to say goodbye.

Popularly known as 'Black Mamba', Bryant made a living by making the seemingly impossible possible for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) tries to drive against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledges the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant smiles 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/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, foreground, and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood pause during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant watches 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)
Magic Johnson speaks about Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant 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, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reaches for the ball in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles and claps before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs head coach Byron Scott before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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)
A street vendor sells a commemorative Kobe Bryant hat in downtown Los Angeles outside Staples Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Under heavy guard, fans get to pose with the five Lakers championship trophies Bryant helped the Lakers win, before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Michael Anderson Jr., left, stands next to his father, Michael, during a fan festival honoring Kobe Bryant's career, outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Fans sign a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A fan signs a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fans sing and dance during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Fans gather outside Staples Center before Kobe Bryant played his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fan Carlos Hernandez from Acapulco, Mexlco holds a sign reading: "Goodbye Friend, Mexico Loves You," during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he arrives for the last NBA basketball game of his career, against Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Josie Zhang, left, displays the engagement ring just given to her by Jerry Yu after he proposed outside Staples Center as fans gathered to celebrate before Kobe Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Both are originally from Shanghai but now live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Workers set up an inflatable Kobe Bryant model for a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, 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)
Messages are written on a board during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on 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)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to journalists, Mike Tirico and Lisa Salters before the game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Until age finally caught up with him, he made a habit of draining game-winning shots despite being double or triple-teamed, establishing a reputation for being one of the best ever closers in the NBA as a shooting guard.

At times, Bryant has been accused of being a ball-hog, though he has frequently excelled as a facilitator and is unrivalled in the modern game when it comes to basketball IQ.

"Every night you played, I couldn't wait to watch knowing that I would witness an unbelievable shot or move that I had never seen on the court," fellow Lakers great Magic Johnson wrote about Bryant on his website on Wednesday.

"I marveled at the skills and loved the energy you brought to the game wearing that purple and gold uniform. You never disappointed the city, Laker fans and basketball fans worldwide. All you cared about was winning games and championships and that's why so many people love you.

"Very few people have changed the game of basketball but you will be recognized as one of them alongside my 'Dream Team' teammates, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan."

CUT OF BEEF

Named Kobe by his parents after they spotted the popular Japanese cut of beef on a restaurant menu shortly before his birth, Bryant is a five-times NBA champion having won titles in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.

He was drafted out of high school with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets but was traded shortly after the Lakers for Serbian Vlade Divac.

He has appeared in 18 All-Star games, was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2007-08 regular season and landed MVP honors in the 2009 and 2010 Finals when he led the Lakers to consecutive championships.

Bryant has also won gold medals with the U.S. basketball team at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Twice NBA champion LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is widely regarded as the best player currently competing in the league, pointed to Bryant's work ethic as a significant motivation for him.

"I knew I had to be better because of Kobe Bryant," said James. "I knew he was in the gym and I knew he was working on his game. And I knew he was great.

"So every day that I didn't want to work out or every day I felt like I couldn't give more, I always thought of Kobe. Because I knew that he was getting better."

KOBE BRYANT THROUGH THE YEARS:

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Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference Friday, July 12, 1996, at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers Thursday in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
CLEVELAND - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers soars for a dunk during the 1997 Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk Contest on February 8, 1997 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant(L) and Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan(R) talk during a free-throw attempt during the fourth quarter 17 December at the United Center in Chicago. Bryant, who is 19 and bypassed college basketball to play in the NBA, scored a team-high 33 points off the bench, and Jordan scored a team-high 36 points. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 104-83. AFP PHOTO VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - FEBRUARY 8: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks during the 1998 NBA All-Star Game played on February 8, 1998 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1998 NBAE (Photo by Steve Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
03/02/98 - MCI Center - Lakers' Kobie Bryant(L) listens to teammate Shaquille O'Neal as they sit on the bench during game against the Wizards. - Photo By Rich Lipski TWP (Photo by Rich Lipski/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
USA - 1999: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a layup during a 1999 NBA game. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1999 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures to the crowd at the end of the second period against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 10, 2000. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 19: Shaquille O'Neal #34 and Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers pose with Lakers legend Magic Johnson after winning the NBA Championship trophy after defeating the Indiana Pacers in Game Six of the 2000 NBA Finals on June 19, 2000 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reaches back for a rebound during the first half of game four of the Western Conference semifinals against the Sacramento Kings Sunday, May 13, 2001, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won the game, 119-113, to sweep the series. (AP Photo/Mark Terrill)
28 Dec 2001: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers chilling out before their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. DIGITAL IMAGE. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Licence Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: Copyright 2001 NBAE. Mandatory Credit: Catherine Steenkeste/ NBAE/ Getty Images
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant, right, slips around the defense of San Antonio Spurs Bruce Bowen during the first quarter of the season opener Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant points at teammate Robert Horry, not shown, during their 98-82 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates victory following Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won the National Basketball Association championships defeating Orlando 99-86 for their 15th title and first since 2002. Bryant had 30 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Lakers completed a four-games-to-one victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 27: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for the shot over Ben Wallace #3 of the Detroit Pistons during the game at Staples Center on February 27, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Pistons 95-85. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice: 2003 NBAE. (Photo by: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO - MAY 7: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers answers questions from the press after Game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at SBC Center on May 7, 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. The Spurs won 114-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is fouled as he drives between Milwaukee Bucks' T.J. Ford, left, and Joe Smith in the first quarter Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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, right, yells at referee Tony Brown about a foul call during the second half of their game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday night, Nov. 12, 2003, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant flies to the basket for two points against the Houston Rockets' during the first quarter of their first-round Western Conference NBA playoff game Monday, Apr. 19, 2004, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif.. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second quarter in an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (8) celebrates as he walks off the basketball court with teammate Smush Parker after defeating the Phoenix Suns 99-98 in overtime, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant misses a layup during an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Phoenix Suns Sunday, April 23, 2006, in Phoenix. Bryant, who went 7-21 in shooting, had 22 points as the Suns won 107-102 to go up 1-0 in the best-of-seven series. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, TOP, goes up for a shot between the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 23, 2006. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant reacts after a foul was called in the Lakers' favor during their 108-103 victory over the Golden State Warriors in an NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, LEFT, tries to keep the ball away from Phoenix Suns' Raja Bell during the first half of their first round Western Conference NBA playoff game, Thursday, April 26, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant attempts a free throw during a basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, as forward Bruce Bowen (12) and guard Tony Parker (9), of France, look on during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Kobe Bryant talks during a media availability at an NBA All-Star basketball game event in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, gestures as Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons (15) looks on after their NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in Los Angeles. The Lakers 112-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, left, comes down with the ball as New Orleans Hornets' James Posey is called for a personal and technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant puts up a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 92-75. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant signals teammates during a time out against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. The Lakers won in double overtime 112-103. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
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 guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 102-98. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant drives toward the basket during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 92-89. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2012, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers, from left, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, of Spain, pause during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Los Angeles. Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, the Lakers announced Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, putting the two-time NBA MVP point guard's career in doubt. Nash has played in only 65 games since the Lakers traded four draft picks for him in 2012 in a spectacularly failed attempt to assemble a title contender built around Bryant, Howard, Gasol and Nash. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shoots during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, center, gets double teamed by Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler (21) and center JaVale McGee, right, as he drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers attends a promotional event with fans in a stadium in Shanghai, China, Monday August 3, 2015. (AP Photo)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 120-108. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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)
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