PHILIP ISLAND, Fla.
— Kobe Bryant won his fifth NBA title on Saturday, the last of his eight MVP trophies to be handed out, as he was presented with the Kobe Holding Trophy at the NBA’s trophy ceremony.
Bryant was wearing a black suit and a black tie, while holding the trophy with a gold rim, and a team banner with the word “Bryant” emblazoned in black marker.
The award, which is presented in the form of a gold, silver and bronze NBA championship trophy, was presented to Bryant and his wife, LaVar, by team owner Joe Lacob.
The Lakers were also awarded the prestigious “Kobe Bryant Trophy” for their effort in helping to turn around the Lakers’ fortunes following a series of roster changes and a trade that sent them to the Los Angeles Clippers.
It was the second time in a week that the Lakers were presented with an NBA championship ring, after they were presented a second ring last Thursday.
Bryant, who was in attendance at the event, said he was humbled and honored to be named to the trophy.
“It means a lot to me to have it,” Bryant said.
“To be able to bring that championship around, it’s a testament to all the hard work that went into that.”
Kobe is a three-time NBA champion and a three time All-Star, and he won five championships in his 10-year career.
He is the only player to win six NBA championships and eight NBA Finals MVPs.
The NBA’s MVP awards are handed out to the players who have earned the most votes in each of the three voting categories.
The voting for the award is overseen by the NBA and consists of fans, media members and members of the media.
“We are very proud to have Kobe as an honorary member of the Hall of Fame,” said Lacob, who also is the chief executive of ESPN and a former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player.
“I’m so happy to be able be a part of that, and I know that we’re going to do our best to make it a special honor for him.
He’s going to be an incredible ambassador for us.”