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SIMPLY JESSICA: Kobe Bryant receives Nickelodeon’s Legend Award

Kobe Bryant has been playing basketball since he was a little boy. He is a basketball legend.

I was so excited when I got an email telling me that I would be attending this year’s Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards to watch him get an award. I was beyond excited to see the least.

Kobe Bryant was honored with the Legend Award at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2016. He received the award in recognition of his record-breaking achievements, unrivaled talent and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the basketball court.

Bryant is a five-time NBA champion; two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP and a 15-time All-NBA player.

Kobe Bryant gets slimed after receiving the Legend Award at Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards. (Courtesy photo)
Kobe Bryant gets slimed after receiving the Legend Award at Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Awards. (Courtesy photo)

He recently retired from the game having played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has appeared in 18 NBA All Star Games, earning three NBA All Star MVP recognitions.

He became the league’s youngest player ever to be named to the NBA’s All Defensive Team, to start an All-Star Game, and to earn All-Rookie honors.

In December 2014, Bryant became the league’s third all-time leading scorer, surpassing his basketball muse, Michael Jordan.

Last April 13, Bryant played his final NBA game, scoring a season-high 60 points.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2016 was hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. I got to hang out at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The Legend Award honors athletes who are the ultimate role models to kids across the globe. Bryant is the third recipient of the award. Soccer legend David Beckham received the inaugural golden sliming in 2014, and five-time World Series champion Derek Jeter was the second recipient.

“It’s an honor to receive Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award,” Bryant said. “This is a great opportunity to inspire kids to never lose their imaginations and to dream bigger than what they think is possible. If you stay true to that, the hard work, dedication and success will always follow.”

My favorite part of the night was watching Kobe get slimed.

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