Kobe Bryant had an incredible career in the NBA, becoming one of the greatest players of all time. Even as an 18-year-old rookie, Kobe had an unwavering belief in his abilities and worked hard to be the best player in the league. Former Lakers player Nick Van Exel compared him to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. Kobe's confidence was evident when facing Jordan, as he refused to take advice from a teammate to not look MJ in the eyes. Kobe trusted his skills and became a legend in the game of basketball, leaving a lasting impact on NBA fans.