The Black Mamba! Kobe Bryant shared his soul with the world during his sweet and sincere acceptance speech for the Icon Award at the 2016 ESPY Awards. Keep reading for more from the basketball legend.
Former Los Angeles Laker, Kobe Bryant, 37, gave a meaningful and stirring speech after being honored with the Icon Award on July 13th at the 2016 ESPY Award show. After one of the greatest careers in the history of the NBA, Kobe has retired as a professional basketball player. For Kobe’s lifetime of excellence he has received the great award and gave a moving speech in appreciation. Keep reading for more from the Icon Award winner.
“Thank you, it’s amazing to be standing here alongside Abby and Peyton… We grew up in our sports together,” Kobe shared in his speech. “We are up here cause of our dreams. We were never satisfied and will never be finished. Thank you for this honor but I am not done yet,” Kobe said to the many superstar athletes in the crowd at The ESPY’s in Los Angeles on July 13th and to the millions of fans watching across the world implying that we have much more to enjoy from the star. Kobe was eloquent, thoughtful and humble as he finished by thanking his wife and family.
Kobe was given the award by singer, actor and all-around amazing guy, Justin Timberlake. Jessica Biel‘s husband also gave out Icon Awards to two other amazing athlete’s hanging up their jersey’s for good. In addition to the former Laker, Olympic gold-medalist and professional soccer player Abby Wambach received the Icon Award as did Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning who both stood beside Kobe in receiving their awards. Wow, that is good company.
Kobe is arguably the best to athlete to ever play basketball. A quick look at his career stats will explain why he was chosen for this prestigious award. Kobe is a 5-time NBA Champion, 2-time NBA Finals MVP, NBA League MVP, he was in the All-Star game a whopping 18-times and 4 of those times he was the MVP. WOW, the dude breathes excellence. Thanks for all the memories Mamba!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Kobe’s speech at the ESPY’s this year? Do you have a favorite moment from Kobe’s amazing career? Let us know where you think this award ranks among Kobe’s greatest moments.