#KobeWeek // A Look at Kobe Bryant’s Famous Firsts

Apr 11, 2016 | Ian Stonebrook |

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Kobe Bryant‘s list of accolades are longer than the sleeve on the KD 8 Elite, but it all had to start somewhere, right? A lifelong Laker, the Black Mamba has made many a memory and had firsts for forever in the purple and gold. Looking towards the latter but looking back more so, we recount Kobe’s famous firsts and the kicks he wore while putting down the footprints of his Hall of Fame career.

First Game

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

When: November 3, 1996
Kicks: adidas EQT Top Ten 2010

First Game Against Jordan

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

When: December 17, 1996
Kicks: adidas EQT Top Ten 2010

First Start

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photo by Garrett Ellwood via Getty Images

When: January 28, 1997
Kicks: adidas EQT Top Ten 2010

First Playoff Series

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

When: April/May 1997
Kicks: adidas EQT Elevation

First All-Star Game

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images via NBA Tumblr

When: February 8, 1998
Kicks: adidas KB8 PE

First Double-Dobule

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photo by John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

When: February 5, 1999
Kicks: adidas KB8 II

First Finals

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photo by The Sporting News via Getty Images

When: June 2000
Kicks: adidas The Kobe

First 50 Point Game

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photo by Tom Hauck via Getty Images

When: December 6, 2000
Kicks: adidas The Kobe

First Game Against LeBron

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

When: January 12, 2004
Kicks: Nike Zoom Flight 2k3 PE

First Game Against Shaq

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photo by Noah Graham via Getty Images

When: December 25, 2004
Kicks: Nike Air Zoom Flight Huarache 2k5 PE

First 60 Point Game

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photo by Noah Graham via Getty Images

When: December 20, 2005
Kicks: Nike Air Zoom Flight Huarache 2k5 PE

First Scoring Title

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photo by Andrew D. Bernstein via Getty Images

When: April 19, 2006
Kicks: Nike Zoom Kobe 1 PE

First MVP

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photos by Stephen Dunn via Getty Images

When: May 7, 2008
Kicks: Nike Zoom Kobe III

First Gold Medal

Nick Laham/Getty Images via Zimbio
Nick Laham/Getty Images via Zimbio

When: August 24, 2008
Kicks: Nike Hyperdunk

First Finals MVP

photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images via Zimbio
photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images via Zimbio

When: June 14, 2009
Kicks: Nike Zoom Kobe IV

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