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Kobe’s Greatest Hits, V

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Think about how strange it must have seemed at the time.

Shaquille O’Neal without Kobe Bryant didn’t happen for the first time until the 2004-05 season.

So what did the Black Mamba do without Shaq around and the Hollywood stage all to himself?

Check out Kobe’s Top 10 plays from that season, which includes cameos by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Magic center Dwight Howard and several other people that probably don’t want to be named after what was done to them:

This is the fifth installment of our Kobe’s Top 10s here at HT, where we’ll take a good look at his most memorable highlights in each and every year of his illustrious career.

Our series runs up until All-Star Weekend, Feb. 20 in Los Angeles, where Bryant will take center stage as always at the Staples Center.

Kobe’s Greatest Hits, IV

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Guess who’s back?

That’s right, Afro-Kobe returns in our look back at Kobe Bryant‘s long and storied NBA history. It doesn’t matter how many times we see him at this stage of his career, it’s worth a shake of the head to remember just how ridiculously athletic he was as a youngster. He had serious Hang Time!

Look for yourself here in Kobe’s Top 10 Plays from the 1998-99 season. And yes, there is a Greg Ostertag sighting in there:

Remember, this is just the fourth installment of our look back at the Top 1o Plays from the Black Mamba‘s career. Every day between now and the All-Star Game (Feb. 20) we’ll be posting a new season top 10.

Just remember, if you see that wrist band on his left arm above his elbow, our main man Afro-Kobe is probably in the building!

Kobe’s Greatest Hits

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The seemingly never-ending debate about Kobe Bryant‘s place among the NBA’s all-time greats rages on, whether you are an active participant or not.

What makes arguing even more fun is the fact that we have archival video evidence supporting  any stance someone wants to take on Kobe and his Hall of Fame career (surely no one is interested in arguing whether or not he’s headed for Springfield some day … didn’t think so).

Luckily for us all, the heavy lifting has already been done. Dave Thomas oversaw a team of five editors from the NBA Entertainment offices that have been digging through data and video from the start of Bryant’s career to now. And they’ve managed to come up with a Top 10 Plays reel for each season, yeoman’s work if every sense of the phrase, if you ask us.

You can debate his place among the game’s very best in nearly every category. Keep in mind that only two guards have ever scored 27,000 points, Michael Jordan and Bryant. So be mindful of his historical significance while you are tearing the data apart.

(You probably forgot how insanely athletic Afro-Kobe was back in the day. The video below is the perfect reminder.)

This isn’t the only Top 10 from the Black Mamba you’ll get to feast your eyes upon here at Hang Time. Between now and the All-Star Game (Feb. 20), we’ll be posting a new season top 10 list from Mr. Bryant to adequately look back on his career.

Go ahead and blink a few times to clear your vision before diving in and taking this walk down Kobe lane with us. Check out the Top 10 from his 1999-00 season, his first title-winning season with the Lakers: