Over and Back: Kobe

The Over and Back Classic NBA Podcast discusses the life and career of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

In light of this weekend’s tragic news, Jason Mann and Rich Kraetsch get together to chat about the life and career of Kobe Bryant.

From Bryant’s beginnings as a rising high school star to his shocking decision to go pro, being an 18-year-old in an old man’s game, ruffling feathers during his early years, moving up the rotation, starting and never looking back, becoming a star, winning titles, the Shaq breakup, the redemption tour, his final game and everything in-between.

The show begins with a look at Kobe Bryant’s huge list of accolades including five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA MVP, 18-time All-Star, four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP, 11-time All-NBA First-Team, nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team, two-time NBA scoring champion, Slam Dunk contest winner, two gold medals and much more.

We also touch on Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape allegation and how people are handling discussions of it during this trying time. Then we move into the central focus of the show: the 24 most important/memorable games of Kobe Bryant’s career.

Highlights include Bryant’s four famous airballs against Utah in 1997, the first Kobe vs. Michael Jordan duel, Bryant’s ascension into the Lakers starting lineup, his alley-oop pass to Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, Kobe’s first 50-point game, Bryant’s then-NBA record 12 three-pointers against Seattle, nine straight 40-point games, 81, Bryant’s stunning buzzer-beater against the Suns in 2006, four consecutive 50+ point games, becoming the youngest to reach 20k points, winning a Gold Medal against Spain, an MSG record 61 points, winning his first post-Shaq title, All-Time Lakers scorer, Game 7 vs. Boston, his gutsy free-throw line attempt after an Achilles’ tendon tear, the worst game of his career and finally, the unbelievable storybook ending to Bryant’s career against Utah.

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