By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Kobe Bryant’s tragic death sent shockwaves across the world and in the Delaware Valley on Sunday. Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, according to CBS Los Angeles.

Bryant’s basketball journey is a story to remember.

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Millions of kids have done it. Adults have too.

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At one point, you may have tossed trash into a bin or laundry into a basket, pretending that you were Kobe while doing it.

Bryant is more than a player — he’s the inspiration of a generation.

Bryant left Lower Merion High School in 1996 and mothers later, he was drafted No. 13 overall by Charlotte before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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He spent 20 years in the NBA, making 18 All-Star teams. He was a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP.

When Bryant broke into the NBA, he was like many of us — he wanted to be “Like Mike.”

Retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan, to whom Bryant was often compared, expressed disbelief.

“Words can’t describe the pain I am feeling. I loved Kobe — he was like a little brother to me,” Jordan said in a statement. “We used to talk often, and I will miss those conversations very much. He was a fierce competitor, one of the greats of the game and a creative force.”

But two decades later, Bryant left a league of players who wanted to be like Kobe.

Here are some of the many highlights of Bryant’s legendary NBA career:

— 5-time NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010)

— 2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2009–2010)

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— NBA MVP (2008)

— Academy Award winner for animated short film (2018)

— 18-time NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)

— 4-time NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)

— 11-time All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)

— 2-time All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)

— 2-time All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)

— 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)

— 3-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002, 2012)

— 2-time NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)

— 2-time Olympic gold medalist (2008, 2012)

— NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)

— NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)

— Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer (33,643 points)

— Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)

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