Kobe Bryant is a former pro basketball player. He is remembered for having won five NBA titles when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers. He went on to establish himself as one of basketball's all-time greats.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978. His birthplace is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is currently a producer, as well as a writer. He is known for, Dear Basketball in 2017, Daddy's Home in 2015 and Detail in 2018. There is a lot more to the celebrity.
- Name: Kobe Bryant
- Date of birth: August 23, 1978
- Age: 42 years old
- Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Nicknames: Black Mamba, Mr. 81, Kobe Wan Kenobi
- Occupation: Basketball Player
- Famous for: Winning 5 NBA championships with the LA Lakers
Kobe Bryant age and early life
Kobe Bryant birthday is on August 23, 1978. He was born 42 years ago. His parents gave him the name Kobe, after a type of steak they had seen on a restaurant menu. From the ages 6-13, he was in Italy, where his father had a flourishing basketball career.
He has two older sisters named Sharia and Shaya, both of whom were pretty athletic. With all these influences from family, Kobe also joined and was an active soccer and basketball player in Italy.
His father, who goes by the name Joe Bryant was also successful in basketball. He averaged 8.7 points per game in all his 606 career games in the NBA.
When the family moved back to America, the player joined high school where he recorded some impressive stats. Bryant was named MVP of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game and even won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Competition.
He graduated with the class of '96 from Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA. Some of his phenomenal games include when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of high school in 1996 and was traded on Thursday, July 11th, 1996, to the Los Angeles Lakers for the taller center, Vlade Divac.
The player was the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania schoolboy history. He recorded 2,883 points, breaking the marks of Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (2,359 points) as well as the former St. Joseph's player Carlin Warley (2,441 points).
He was drafted out of Lower Merion High School as the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte later traded Bryant's signing rights to the Los Angeles Lakers, choosing to go for center Vlade Divac on 26, June 1996.
Kobe made his debut at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, becoming the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game on November 3, 1996. He was chosen by USA Today, as well as Parade Magazine to become the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S. Adding to his accomplishments was when he was named Naismith Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year as well as the McDonald's All-America Team.
Kobe Bryant stats
Even though he had good SAT scores, the player's love for the game pushed him into joining the NBA immediately after high school. His entrant came after he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. He later got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
It was while with the Lakers that his career blossomed. In his second season with them, Bryant was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, attaining the status of the youngest All-Star in NBA history at 19 years.
The shooting guard later teamed up with superstar center Shaquille O'Neal and won three consecutive NBA championships. He was also voted as the first-team all-NBA from 2002-2004. He went on to bag multi-year endorsement deals with Adidas, and Sprite, among others.
Although the Lakers struggled after O'Neal left in 2004, the player performed perfectly. He scored 81 points when they played against the Toronto Raptors in January 2006, becoming the second-highest single-game mark in NBA history. He led the league that year and in the following year.
In 2008, Kobe was named the Most Valuable Player. He went on to carry the team he played for to the finals. Unfortunately, they lost to the Boston Celtics. During the 2009 NBA Finals, the Lakers went on to beat Orlando Magic, winning the championship. The Lakers went ahead to win their second straight title the following year after they defeated the Celtics.
Kobe played in 2008's and 2012's U.S. Olympic teams. He won gold medals with his teammates LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.
In 2013, he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in April. Bryant worked hard to get back to the court, which he did before fracturing his knee after six games during the 2013-2014 season. He goes down memory as a veteran All-Star, having surpassed Michael Jordan for third all-time on the NBA scoring list back in December 2014. However, his season ended because of an injury that happened a third straight year, after he sustained a torn rotator cuff in January 2015.
Kobe Bryant has had 5 rings.
Kobe Bryant wife and kids
Kobe is married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. She met him while working as a model of a 2002 music video. They were engaged soon after, followed by a low-key wedding. Their marriage then led to the birth of 4 of Kobe Bryant kids, namely Natalia, Bianka, Gianna, and Capri Bryant. Recently, the ex-player has made appearances on different games. The force behind this has been one of Kobe Bryant daughter, Gigi.
Kobe Bryant shoes and business
If you are a huge basketball fan, then you probably understand that shoes are a big deal. This explains why he partnered with Nike for a shoe line. Apart from his shoe deal, there is the Kobe Bryant Mamba mentality book he has also written. This is a review of how he played during his active years.
The star has made smart business moves. Some of Kobe Bryant businesses include his venture capital firm, Bryant Stibel. He continues to grow his production company, Granity Studios.
Kobe Bryant net worth
Kobe is one of the most successful retired NBA players. His smart investment and business moves continue to put him on the map as a rich man. His net worth is given as $500 million by Celebrity Net Worth. His annual salary is $25 million.
Kobe Bryant awards
For a star of his caliber, Kobe Bryant accolades are numerous. They include:
- NBA Most Valuable Player Award, 2008
- NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2010, 2009.
- All-NBA Team in 2013, 2012, 2011.
- NBA All-Defensive Team in 2011, 2010, 2009.
- NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award in 2011, 2009, 2007.
- NBA All-Rookie Team in 1997
- Best NBA Player ESPY Award in 2010, 2008
- Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated) in 2018 · Dear Basketball
- Naismith Boy's High School Player of the Year in 1996
- BET Award for Sportsman of the Year in 2008, 2003, 2002
- ESPY Icon Award in 2016
- Under Armour Undeniable Performance ESPY Award in 2006
Kobe Bryant rings
There has been an ongoing Kobe Bryant and Shaq beef concerning who of the two has more rings. The two played together on the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2004. Both of them won three consecutive NBA Championships in 2000, 2001, 2002. They also made an NBA Finals appearance in 2004. While O'Neal was the NBA Finals MVP in both their victories, their personal differences and arguments about their respective roles on the team pushed for certain moved.
O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat, whereas Bryant was re-signed as Lakers free agent. The team's head coach, Phil Jackson, would later write a book which he titled, The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul. This was his reflection on the troubles that the two players had during their final season.
Kobe Bryant height
The former basketball player is 1.98 m tall. His height was a major contributor to his success when he was still an active player.
Kobe Bryant will go down history as one of the most successful players in the NBA. Even after his retirement, he continues to hold and maintain a significant amount of wealth because of his smart business moves and investments.