When we interviewed Kobe Bryant for the cover of of Highsnobiety Magazine Issue 10, he referenced longtime NBA photographer, Andrew Bernstein, as having captured the image he would want replicated should he inevitably have a statue outside of Staples Center along Shaq and Magic.

This reference led us to Bernstein himself who picked out his favorite photographs from the NBA playoffs that he has captured during the course of his 36 year career documenting the Association.

It’s rather apropos that on the day that Kobe Bryant will have both his #8 and #24 jersey retired during a ceremony is Los Angeles, Bernstein and @NBAHistory have compiled the photographer’s favorite images of the Black Mamba at various stages of his career.

Whether that was as a teenage phenom defying the laws of gravity, or walking off the court for the final time on that fateful April night, the images are certainly a reminder that Bryant will and should always be in the conversation for G.O.A.T.

  • Images: Andrew Bernstein / NBAE / Getty Images
Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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