Just the name alone makes me think of greatness, because that’s what Kobe is: an all-time great.
We first met in Orlando in 1995. He was a rookie and I was shooting for Upper Deck trading cards. I had him on a trampoline. This is something I used a few times with him — he was the best I’ve ever seen on a trampoline. We have worked together many times throughout his career. Kobe is an interesting, intelligent, driven, world-class basketball player.
I’ve shot a lot of athletes in my career, but a Kobe only comes along once.
Here are 24 of my favorite photos from a career shooting No. 24.
Photographs via the personal collection of Walter Iooss Jr., NBAE/Getty Images, Sports Illustrated/Getty Images, and The Players’ Tribune.