Bryant Named Player of the Month

Kobe Bryant was named Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in December and January, after leading the league in scoring (30.0 ppg) and adding 6.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the 13-9 Lakers.

Bryant is no stranger to the award, earning it for the 14th time in his career, matching the number of times he’s been selected as a Western All-Star, the latest of which occurred on Thursday evening. Kobe was also named NBA Player of the Month for December of 2000, a year before the award was divided into respective conferences for the 2001-02 season.

Bryant’s previous Western Conference Player of the Month awards came in March 2011, December 2009, January 2009, December 2008, April 2008, February 2008, March of 2007, December 2006, April 2006, January 2006, March 2004, January 2003 and November 2001.

Some other milestones have come this season for the Black Mamba, who on January 1st at Denver became the youngest player in NBA history to score 28,000 points. In a victory over Phoenix on January 10th, Bryant went off for an NBA season-high 48 points, beginning a scoring spree of four straight 40+ point games. He also etched his name further into Lakers lore, surpassing Jerry West as the Lakers franchise leader in free throws made on January 28th at Milwaukee, and shooting past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the franchise leader in field goals made on the following night in Minnesota.

Bryant also earned two Western Conference Player of the Week awards in January, an honor he’s now claimed 30 times.