Kobe Bryant to Receive the Legend Award at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2016

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The newly retired NBA star will receive the award "in recognition of his record-breaking achievements, unrivaled talent and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the basketball court."

Kobe Bryant will be honored with the Legend Award at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Sports 2016 next month.

The newly retired NBA star will receive the award "in recognition of his record-breaking achievements, unrivaled talent and outstanding sportsmanship on and off the basketball court."

Said Bryant: "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, two-time NBA Finals MVP and a 15-time All-NBA player. He has appeared in 18 NBA All Star Games, earning three NBA All Star MVP recognitions. 

Bryant recently retired from the game having played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. On April 13, Bryant played his final NBA game, setting a season-high 60 points.

Bryant is the third recipient of the Legend Award, following David Beckham in 2014 (the first year of the awards show) and Derek Jeter last year.

Kids' Choice Sports 2016 touts itself as "the only show that celebrates kids and families' love of sports and top professional athletes." Kids can cast their votes for the awards at nick.com/sports.

The awards show is set to air from 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT July 17 from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Seattle Seahawks two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson will host.

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