AP Photos | Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, dies at 41

A fan pays respects at a mural depicting Kobe Bryant in a downtown Los Angeles alley after word of the Lakers star's death in a helicopter crash, in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Hartman)

By any measure, Kobe Bryant was one of the greatest players in NBA history.

The retired Los Angeles Lakers star, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash at age 41, was proudest of his five championship rings, the most recent in 2010. Only four NBA players who weren’t on the Boston Celtics’ 1960s dynasty teams have won more titles. Bryant reached seven NBA Finals.

FILE – At left, in a Jan. 25, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles. At right, in a July 12, 1996, file photo, Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference in Inglewood, Calif. Two numbers go into the Staples Center rafters when the Los Angeles Lakers retire the jerseys of Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion and top scorer in franchise history. The Lakers will hang No. 8 and No. 24, representing both halves of Bryant’s storied 20-year career. (AP Photo/File)

His career was remarkable for its longevity and because he played all 20 seasons with the Lakers — the most ever for one team. Bryant was the fifth player to last two full decades.

Players and fans observe a moment of silence for former NBA player Kobe Bryant before a basketball game between the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. Bryant died in a California helicopter crash Sunday. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

Bryant scored 33,643 career points, third-most in league history, and averaged 25.0 points per game, including a 60-point performance in his final game on April 13, 2016.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant shoots a free throw for his last shot of the night during the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points in his final NBA game as the Lakers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

His 81-point game in on Jan. 22, 2006, against the Toronto Raptors was the second-highest scoring performance in the NBA and arguably the most dazzling single-game offensive performance in hoops history.

He was an 18-time All-Star, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the 2008 NBA MVP.

AP PHOTOS: Kobe Bryant, NBA legend, dies at 41
FILE – In this March 28, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves as he walks off the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Bryant’s post-playing career in the entertainment industry began auspiciously when he won an Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” an animated short film based on the letter he wrote announcing his retirement.