NBA: 5 things you need to know about Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers meets the press during the Los Angeles Lakers media day.
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers meets the press during the Los Angeles Lakers media day.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Kobe Bryant announced on Sunday that this would be his final National Basketball Association season. Here are five things you need to know about him:

- He is a five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010) despite being only the 13th pick in the NBA draft.

- He is a one-team man: He has spent his entire 20-season career with the Lakers, the first NBA player to stay so long with the same club.

- While he is considered one of the greatest legends in basketball history, he has earned the NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year award only once - in 2008. He has however, been named the NBA Finals' MVP twice (2009, 2010).

- He was the NBA scoring champion in 2006 and 2007 and ranks third in all-time scoring with 32,670 points.

- He won two Olympic gold medals as part of Team USA.