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Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant Biography

"Kobe Bean Bryant" (born ) is an American All-Star shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Bryant is the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.

Bryant and then-teammate Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. Since O'Neal's departure following the 2003-04 season, Bryant has become the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise, and was the NBA's leading scorer during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In 2006, Bryant scored a career high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second highest number of points scored in a single game in NBA history.

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Kobe Bryant Trivia

  • His parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth.
  • Spent eight years of his childhood in Italy and is fluent in Italian.
  • Has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya.
  • His father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, averaged 8.7 ppg in 606 career games in the NBA.
  • Was named MVP of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.
  • Won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Competition.
  • Graduate with the class of '96 from Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA.
  • Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of high school in 1996, and was traded on Thursday, July 11th, 1996, to the Los Angales Lakers for taller center, Vlade Divac.
  • NBA All-Star 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • Won the 2001 and 2002 Teens Choice Award for favorite male athlete.
  • Led the Los Angeles Lakers to three NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
  • Bryant was the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania schoolboy history with 2,883 points, breaking the marks of Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (2,359 points) and former St. Joseph's player Carlin Warley (2,441 points).
  • Drafted out of Lower Merion High School as the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte then traded Bryant's signing rights to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Vlade Divac (26 June 1996).
  • Made his debut at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game (3 November 1996)
  • Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S. He was also named Naismith Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year and to the McDonald's All-America Team.
  • Signs first pro contract. (27 July 1996)
  • The youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star game. (1998)
  • Wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, is half-Irish and half-Mexican.
  • January 19, 2003 welcomed first child daughter Natalia Diamante Bryant. The baby weighed 6lbs 14oz.
  • His wife changed her name from Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine to Vanessa Marie Bryant (29 May 2002).
  • Met his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, during a visit to the set of one of Snoop Dogg's video, where she was working as a model.
  • Hired criminal defense attorney, Pamela Mackey to defend him against rape charges.
  • Scored 1,080 on his SATs
  • The Charlotte Hornets traded him in 1996 to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for center Vlade Divac. Divac who at the time was already in the league for 7 years, has remained a 2nd rate journeyman center in the NBA. Bryant has become a Hall of Fame guard and is often compared to Michael Jordan.
  • Recorded a song with Tyra Banks called "K.O.B.E." This song was released as a single, but the full album was never released.
  • Wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, gave birth to their second child, daughter Gianna Maria-Onore on May 1st, 2006 at 2:30 am, weighing in at 6 lbs, 7 oz.
  • On 22 January 2006, Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest single-game scoring output by a player in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain's legendary 100 points on 2 March 1962. Bryant achieved his feat by converting 28 of 46 field goals (including 7 of 13 3-pointers), and making 18 of 20 free throws.
  • Due in large part to his public feud with his former LA teammate Shaquille O'Neal, a game between the Miami Heat and the LA Lakers has become a recent Christmas Day tradition.
  • In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his salary for the year to be $33 million.
  • Won three NBA championships, was voted league MVP, and won an Olympic gold medal all by the time he was 30 years old. (In fact, the day he and the U.S. Basketball team won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China was his 30th birthday.).
  • In November 2009, he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time scorers list, putting him in second place behind only Jerry West.

Kobe Bryant Photos

  • Kobe Bryant, wife Vanessa Bryant and daughter Natalia Bryant

    Kobe Bryant, Wife Vanessa Bryant and Daughter Natalia Bryant Attend the MLB Game Between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on July 23, 2005

  • Kobe Bryant and wife Vanessa Bryant

    Kobe Bryant Press Conference in Response to Alleged Felony Sexual Assualt Charges

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    5th Annual United Way HomeWalk at Exposition Park in Los Angeles

  • Kobe Bryant and Hamdi Topcu

    Kobe Bryant and Turkish Airlines Celebrate First Ever Non-Stop Flight from LAX to Istambul's Ataturk Airport at Paramount Studios in Hollywood on March 3, 2011

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    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The 2011 NBA All-Star Game

  • Vanessa Bryant and Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant Hand and Footprint Ceremony Afterparty at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood on February 19, 2011

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