Kobe Bryant was a retired Basketball player who had a minifigure released in 2003 as part of the Sports theme. His minfigure uses the number 8 however Bryant later changed his number to 24. He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kobe Bryant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA draft but was soon traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He played all 20 years of his career with the Lakers and is commonly considered the greatest player in Lakers franchise history. Bryant lead the Lakers to 5 championships, was named the 2007 League MVP and ranks fourth in NBA history in total points. On January 26, 2020, he passed away in a helicopter accident along with his daughter Gianna and seven others.