Article: The Iconic Kobe Bryant Will Be Honored With The Legend Award At The 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports!

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Photo Credits: Nickelodeon

There is only one outstanding and sensational award show that brings all of our favorite sports stars together under one roof, along with a whole lot of slime, slime, slime – yes, I’m talking about the renowned Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports! The highly-anticipated, sports-filled award show will be making its way to UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California with the magnificent Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson hosting for the second year in a row!

With every excellent year of the marvelous Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports, there is always one stupendous sports star that is honored with the prestigious Legend Award at the event. The Legend Award recognizes an athlete who has achieved above and beyond in his / her athletic career, but at the same time, has also served as a terrific role model to all of his / her fans. Past Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports recipients include David Beckham and Derek Jeter, both of whom were welcomed into the Legend Award hall of fame with a very special golden sliming.

Nickelodeon has just announced that this year’s Legend Award recipient at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports will be none other than the iconic, five-time NBA Champion, four-time NBA Finals MVP and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant has accomplished more things in his career as one extraordinary and incredibly skillful basketball player than we could ever possibly imagine, and throughout all this time, he has inspired and influenced basketball lovers and everyone in general to follow after their dreams and pursue their ambitions.

Kobe Bryant shared his excitement about being honored with the Legend Award by stating, “It’s an honor to receive Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award.  This is a great opportunity to inspire kids to never lose their imaginations and to dream bigger than what they think is possible.  If you stay true to that, the hard work, dedication and success will always follow.”

“Bryant is a five-time NBA Champion, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA MVP, four-time NBA Finals MVP and a 15-time All-NBA player.  He recently retired from the game having played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.  He has appeared in 18 NBA All Star Games, earning three NBA All Star MVP recognitions.  He became the League’s youngest player ever to be named to the NBA’s All Defensive Team, to start an All-Star Game, and to earn All-Rookie honors.  In December 2014, Bryant became the League’s 3rd all-time leading scorer, surpassing his basketball muse, Michael Jordan. On April 13, 2016, Bryant played his final NBA game, setting a season-high 60 points.” (source: press release)

Be sure to mark your calendars and catch Kobe Bryant honored with the Legend Award at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports airing on Sunday, July 17th from 8-9:30 PM ET / PT. Also, don’t forget to get your votes in to see your favorite sports stars take home a coveted mohawked blimp at the award show! Take a look here for all of this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports nominees!

Head on over to and the Nick app for all things Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports including a new Kids’ Choice game, sports-themed videos, photo galleries and more. You can also send in your votes on and the Nick app!

Here at, I’d like to send a big congratulations to Kobe Bryant on being honored with this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Legend Award!

Watch a behind the scenes video of Kids Choice Sports host Russell Wilson below!

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