In case you've missed this memo, voting is currently going on for 2009 Athlete of the Year. Kobe is on that list.
Why vote for Kobe? Leading his team to a championship (Kobe's 4th) and winning Finals MVP come to mind. So does starting off this season with a much improved post game, and currently ranking 4th in points in the paint.
Oh, and of course, there's another NBA star listed on the ballot. You know what to do.
UPDATE: Kobe is also up for Player of the Decade and other highlights on ESPN (click here to vote) and TNT All-Decade (click here, and also here and here for past votes). Make sure to vote in all of the above!