Today in Sports History: April 2

In 2010, NBA superstar and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant signed a three-year contract extension with the Lakers worth $87 million. The 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Bryant spent his entire 20 season NBA career with the Lakers and led the team to five NBA Championships. At the time of the contract extension, the Lakers were looking to win back-to-back championships. In the 2009 NBA Finals, Bryant averaged 32.4 points, 7.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.4 blocks. Bryant’s phenomenal performance helped the Lakers defeat the Orlando Magic 4-1, and earned him his first NBA Finals MVP. In 2010, the Lakers accomplished their mission to repeat as champions and defeated the rival Celtics in a heated seven game series. Bryant was once again named NBA Finals MVP following his averages of 28.6 points, 3.9 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2.1 steals. The win against the Celtics also marked the first time that the Lakers have defeated their rival Celtics in a game 7 in the NBA Finals. Bryant’s other accolades include NBA MVP (2008), 15x All-NBA Team selections, 12x NBA All-Defensive Team selections, 2x NBA scoring champion, and 18x NBA All-Star. Bryant’s no.8 and 24 jerseys were retired by the Los Angeles Lakers.

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