Well, you can’t say he didn’t deserve it! Kobe Bryant was honored with the ‘Legend Award’ at the Kids’ Choice Sports awards in Los Angeles on July 14, following a long, distinguishing career. And did he get slimed for his troubles? You betcha!
Accepting his award, Kobe gave a resounding speech that stole the show. “It seems like it was yesterday I was your guys’ age and I had a dream, I had ambition for being one of the greatest basketball players of all time,” he told the audience as he clutched his award. “And through hard work and dedication that dream came true.”
Kobe also gave youngsters some advice on cutting it in the NBA. He continued, “But I want to tell you guys something to be mindful of: when you have a dream the one thing you need to watch out for are those that are trying to crush your dream. You cannot allow that to happen. I challenge you to go out there and be legendary in your own right.”
However, soon after his brilliant speech, Kobe was drenched in slime. Fittingly it was golden, just like his Lakers jersey, but it got him good. He stood on the stage shaking off all the goo after he was
Kobe joins a long-list of sporting greats that have previously won the award, including soccer great David Beckham and New York Yankees slugger Derek Jeter. Those two were also slimed for their troubles, so despite their hero status they’re not immune to being covered in goo. Ew!
We’re glad that Kobe finally got his hands on a ‘Legend Award’ and although his final season as a Laker wasn’t his finest, how can you forget that last game? The 60-points he scored against Utah Jazz in his final game at Staples Center will live on in the memory. It was Kobe of old. Just majestic.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Kobe deserved the ‘Legend Award’ for his services to the NBA. Was the Los Angeles Lakers star the best of all-time? Tell us below!