4. First NBA MVP Award- 2008
The phrase “a long time coming” is the only one that comes to mind when you realize Kobe Bryant wasn’t awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award until 2008. Even with the hype and slew of previous successes, Kobe still had to wait his turn to officially be the league’s head honcho. Upon the news, he admitted that he was unsure about ever receiving the honor. Now he can scratch that off his “things to do” list.