Looking at NBA Finals history through its few absolute legends

You can probably remember them by their first name and have an idea who they really were

Among the greatest scorers, a premier leader, and one of the main reasons 

Today's generation of stars are playing basketball

Kobe Bryant was not only one of the best basketball players but also one of the greatest players of all time

On this day in 1882, the youngest of three in Bryant's family was born, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Basketball was in Kobe s family's blood from his childhood 

And he remained the same throughout his life

Having grown up in Italy, his family returned to Philadelphia when he was 13, which brought his long journey to basketball fame

Drafted 13th overall out of the high school graduating class 

Kobe was first selected by the Charlotte Hornets before finally being traded on draft night to 

The Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Vlade Divac, a proven talent 

Charlotte felt could not only help them win games, but would help boost attendance numbers