By Dave McMenamin
May 31, 2008 -- Kobe Bryant began his NBA career 12 seasons ago back in 1996-97, the same year the league was celebrating its 50th anniversary. In those first 50 years leading up to Bryant's rookie season, NBA fans got their fix from newspapers, magazines, television, VHS tapes (anybody remember Come Fly with Me?) and the occasional basketball video game for Sega Genesis. (NBA Jam was awesome!)
When Kobe came along, it just so happened that it was right around the same time the league made its maiden voyage down the "information super highway," and NBA.com was born.
In the same way Kobe was a skinny sixth man when he entered the pros, the neophyte version of NBA.com was just a shell of the Internet destination it's grown to be today.
As Bryant prepares to embark on his fifth NBA Finals appearance of his illustrious 12-year career, all of us here at NBA.com figured it was time to honor him with a page of all the stuff we've done to cover him since the '90s when he wore No. 8 and adidas to today while he rocks No. 24 and Nikes.
On the left side of the page you'll find links to our coverage of his days in the NBA and on the right side you'll find a collection of photo galleries featuring Mamba, followed by a vast array of video highlights documenting his career.
There's plenty to feast your eyes on, so you might want to exercise your mouse hand before click your way through Kobe's career. You could be here for a while.