The future of the NBA is here. With the retirement of Michael Jordan, sports fans everywhere wondered if there would ever be anyone to equal him — until they watched Kobe Bryant play! At the age of 17, Kobe decided to skip college and was drafted to play for the L.A. Lakers. After just three years of play, Kobe has won the respect and loyalty of thousands of fans, has started for the Lakers and in an All-Star game, and has often been compared to Jordan. As he begins his fourth season, Kobe remains grounded, and his dedication to hard work and his phenomenal talent continue to inspire sports fans everywhere.