Kobe Bryant (foreground, left) appeared on the cover of the premier issue of ESPN The Magazine (March 23, 1998). His cover co-stars included (l-r) Alex Rodriguez, Kordell Stewart and Eric Lindros.
Kobe Bryant will attempt to pass Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list tonight when his Los Angeles Lakers visit the defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs (9:30 ET, ESPN). Bryant needs 31 points to pass Jordan, whose 32,292 points rank behind only Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
Since entering the NBA in 1996, Bryant – aka “The Black Mamba” – has appeared on numerous ESPN platforms in a variety of ways. Front Row revisits some of those moments in the photo gallery above.
Laurel Daggett and Ana Livia Coelho contributed to this post.