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In Memory Of Kobe Bryant (1978-2020)

The world was rocked on January 26th, 2020 when NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter and several other people, were killed in a helicopter crash in California. During his glittering career ‘Black Mamba’ racked up five world titles and countless other accolades, but beyond that he joined an elite list of men who have transcended a sport to become a cultural icon across the globe. You may not have known a thing about basketball, but you would have known who Kobe Bryant was. He became a hero to millions, was a major inspiration to many of the current generation of NBA stars and will undoubtedly be an icon to future generations too. Bryant’s impact on the sport will never be forgotten.

Kobe Bryant

5-time NBA Champion (7 NBA Finals appearances)
2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
2008 NBA Most Valuable Player
18-time NBA All-Star
4-time NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player
15-time All-NBA Team Selection
1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner

Fans gather outside the Staples Center to pay tribute to Kobe Bryant following the helicopter crash that took his life on January 26th, 2020 (Photo by Hahn Lionel/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images).

 

NBA Finals Winners

YEARWINNERSLOSERSSERIES RESULT
1947Philadelphia WarriorsChicago Stags4-1
1948Baltimore BulletsPhiladelphia Warriors4-2
1949Minneapolis LakersWashington Capitols4-2
1950Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-2
1951Rochester RoyalsNew York Knicks4-3
1952Minneapolis LakersNew York Knicks4-3
1953Minneapolis LakersNew York Knicks4-1
1954Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-3
1955Syracuse NationalsFort Wayne Pistons4-3
1956Philadelphia WarriorsFort Wayne Pistons4-1
1957Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-3
1958St Louis HawksBoston Celtics4-2
1959Boston CelticsMinneapolis Lakers4-0
1960Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-3
1961Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-1
1962Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1963Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
1964Boston CelticsSan Francisco Warriors4-1
1965Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1966Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1967Philadelphia 76ersSan Francisco Warriors4-2
1968Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
1969Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1970New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1971Milwaukee BucksBaltimore Bullets4-0
1972Los Angeles LakersNew York Knicks4-1
1973New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1974Boston CelticsMilwaukee Bucks4-3
1975Golden State WarriorsWashington Bullets4-0
1976Boston CelticsPhoenix Suns4-2
1977Portland Trail BlazersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1978Washington BulletsSeattle Supersonics4-3
1979Seattle SupersonicsWashington Bullets4-1
1980Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1981Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2
1982Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1983Philadelphia 76ersLos Angeles Lakers4-0
1984Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1985Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2
1986Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2
1987Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2
1988Los Angeles LakersDetroit Pistons4-3
1989Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-0
1990Detroit PistonsPortland Trail Blazers4-1
1991Chicago BullsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1992Chicago BullsPortland Trail Blazers4-2
1993Chicago BullsPhoenix Suns4-2
1994Houston RocketsNew York Knicks4-3
1995Houston RocketsOrlando Magic4-0
1996Chicago BullsSeattle Supersonics4-2
1997Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2
1998Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2
1999San Antonio SpursNew York Knicks4-1
2000Los Angeles LakersIndiana Pacers4-2
2001Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-1
2002Los Angeles LakersNew Jersey Nets4-0
2003San Antonio SpursNew Jersey Nets4-2
2004Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
2005San Antonio SpursDetroit Pistons4-3
2006Miami HeatDallas Mavericks4-2
2007San Antonio SpursCleveland Cavaliers4-0
2008Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
2009Los Angeles LakersOrlando Magic4-1
2010Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-3
2011Dallas MavericksMiami Heat4-2
2012Miami HeatOklahoma City Thunder4-1
2013Miami HeatSan Antonio Spurs4-3
2014San Antonio SpursMiami Heat4-1
2015Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-2
2016Cleveland CavaliersGolden State Warriors4-3
2017Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-1
2018Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-0
2019Toronto RaptorsGolden State Warriors4-2

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