In the ‘All-Star weekend’ held in February 1997
In the ‘All-Star weekend’ held in February 1997, he won the ‘Slam Dunk Contest’ and registered his name as the youngest player to win this championship. His remarkable performances during the year got him a place in the ‘NBA All Rookie’ second team.
In 1997-98 NBA season, he performed better than the previous season and was voted the ‘NBA All-Star’ starter. He was the youngest NBA player to receive this honour.
In the following season, Bryant played exceptionally well and established himself as a premier guard in the league. During the same time, he entered into a contract with the ‘Lakers’ team which extended for six years.
In 1999, the former American basketball player, Phil Jackson was appointed as the coach of the ‘Lakers’ team and this helped Bryant improve his skills in basketball. He excelled as a shooting guard in the league and played with the ‘All-Star’, ‘All-NBA’ and ‘All-Defensive’ teams. This popular basketball player led his team to victory and they became champions during 1999-2002.