Remember his first playoff series in 1997, when Bryant's repeated attempts at a game-winning shot against Utah resulted in four air balls? That was because, even at 18, he was fearless. How about when Bryant refused to work out for Charlotte after the Hornets drafted him in 1996 and even threatened to play in Italy if they couldn't trade him to Los Angeles? That's because, he told himself and others, Charlotte gave up on him immediately after the draft; in 2014, Bryant tweeted thanks to the Hornets, a franchise he'd convinced himself "had no use for me." Or the legend of how a 10-year-old Bryant, living overseas as his father played professional basketball, beat former NBA first-round pick Brian Shaw in a game of HORSE? "As the years went on, the legend grew and the story changed," Shaw is quoted as saying in the Bryant biography "Showboat."