Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant Unguarded

A rarely seen side of the NBA superstar hangs on display at the National Portrait Gallery

Before Kobe Bryant gets posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, the Los Angeles Lakers legend is already being honored in Washington. Bryant’s extraordinary athletic ability and “Mamba mentality” made him appear superhuman to millions around the world. But an “In Memoriam” portrait now on display at the Smithsonian pays tribute to Bryant – and manages to humanize an American icon.