Good afternoon, HoopsHabit readers! If you could spare a minute from having your Kobe Bryant birthday celebration, I wanted to send you to a fantastic piece by our network partners over at Bleacher Report. The piece is called “The Art of Kobe” and it features an awesome gallery of Bryant art by artists commissioned by Bleacher Report for this purpose.
There are eight international artists that collaborated to create this digital magazine. As the piece notes, they’re striving to “offer a visual glimpse into the Black Mamba’s unmatched competitive zeal, both on and off the court, 24 hours a day.”
Here’s a list of the artists that contributed:
- Charis Tsevis
- Mink Couteaux
- Simon Prades
- Henry Kaye
- Eric Piatkowski
- Nikkolas Smith
- James Bennett
- Ishaan Mishra
Bryant is one of the more decorated superstars in the history of the NBA who is looking to return to the court after two surgeries (Achilles, knee) that threatened his already illustrious career. He’s known as one of the hardest workers in the NBA and if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s Bryant.
Bryant is the active leader in points scored (31,700) and is fourth on the All-Time list. His 25.5 points per game is good for third amongst active players, with his 11,055 made field goals sixth in NBA history.
Kobe is a five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), a 16-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA selection, 12-time All-Defensive selection and two-time NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010). He’s finished in the top-5 of MVP voting 11 times, winning the league’s award in 2007-08. If there’s anyone who deserves to have his story told in an awesome gallery like this, it’s Kobe.