Los Angeles (AFP)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash, in numbers:
1: his only MVP trophy won at the end of the 2007-08 regular season.
2: his titles as best scorer, in 2005-06 (35.4 pts / match) and 2006-07 (31.6 pts / match).
5: NBA titles won by the "Black Mamba" in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. He also lost two finals in 2004, against Detroit, and in 2008, against Boston.
8: his jersey number until 2006, before adopting N.24 to mark a symbolic new start. The N.8 was the number he wore as a child in Italy, then in high school before taking the N.33, worn by his father, but withdrawn by the Lakers in tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He returned to N.8 when he started his NBA career. As for N.24, he chose it not to show that he was superior to Michael Jordan who wore N.23, but that he had "matured after marriage and the children", he said. explained in 2017 when the Lakers removed their jerseys.
10: the coaches he knew at the Los Angeles Lakers.
12: his three point baskets scored on January 7, 2003 against Seattle, NBA record since broken by Stephen Curry, the leader of Golden State.
13: his position in the 1996 Draft. Twelve teams did not recruit him before the Charlotte Hornets chose him. They immediately sold it to the Lakers in exchange for the Yugoslav pivot Vlade Divac.
13.6: his average points under the shirt of the United States during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.
18: his selections at the All Star Game, the annual game of the best NBA players. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has disputed more (19).
20: his seasons in the Lakers jersey.
25: NBA matches where he scored at least 50 points. Only Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31) did better.
81: his points record on January 22, 2006, during the Lakers' victory against the Toronto Raptors (122-104), or 66.4% of his team's points. Only Wilt Chamberlain did better with 100 points in 1962.
5.640: his points scored in play-offs. Fourth behind LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
26.200: his shots attempted in the regular season. Fourth behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
33.643: his points scored in the regular season. Fourth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38.387), Karl Malone (36.928) and LeBron James (33.644) who passed him on Saturday, the day before his fatal accident
323.3: in millions of dollars, his cumulative salary since his beginnings in the NBA, including 25 million in his last season.
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