Kobe Bryant: His Black Mamba Stage (2005-2008)

After Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat, Kobe Bryant was given full reign on the new-look Los Angeles Lakers.

It was rough with teammates like Smush Parker and Kwame Brown listed as starters. But somehow Bryant used that opportunity to make history and seal his legacy.

The number of remarkable Bryant moments since then has been unbelievable, It's difficult not just to sit back and simply say "wow."


That's the only way to describe the Bryant who reared his head in the immediate post-Shaq era. We were all truly in the presence of greatness.

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