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Kobe Bryant Biography

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant started his basketball career by playing for his high school Lower Merion team, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, and subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. However, following a heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Final, O'Neal departed, making Bryant the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, setting numerous scoring records in the process. In 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962. He was awarded the regular season's Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 2008. After losing in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the NBA Finals MVP Award on both occasions. As of June 2012, Bryant ranks third and fifth on the league's all-time post-season scoring and all-time regular season scoring lists respectively. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. He has won the All-Star MVP Award four times (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011), thus becoming the joint record holder along with Bob Petit for the most All Star MVP Awards in NBA history. He is a 14-time member of the All-NBA team and an 12-time member of the All-Defensive team; he is also the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors. At the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the USA national team. In 2009, Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the top NBA player of the 2000s (decade).

Kobe Bryant Latest News & Articles

10 Worst Single-Game NBA Playoff Performances Of All-Time
10 Worst Single-Game NBA Playoff Performances Of All-Time
We rank the worst playoff performances of all time!
NBA: Remembering Kobe Bryant and reflecting on his incredible legacy
NBA: Remembering Kobe Bryant and reflecting on his incredible legacy
The legendary shooting guard has been an inspiration to one and all.
NBA: 14 Players That Teams Wish They Never Traded
NBA: 14 Players That Teams Wish They Never Traded
Listing out some NBA players that teams wish they never traded.
Man Arrested In Murder Case Of Lorenzen Wright
Man Arrested In Murder Case Of Lorenzen Wright
The person suspected to be responsible for the murder of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested and will be prosecuted.
5 NBA stars whose draft positions will shock you
5 NBA stars whose draft positions will shock you
Not all superstars are top draft picks. Here are five NBA stars who defied their draft positions.
11 shocking NBA trades that almost happened!
11 shocking NBA trades that almost happened!
A look at some of the biggest trades that nearly happened.
NBA: Top 10 father-son duos of all-time
NBA: Top 10 father-son duos of all-time
Who are the top 10 father-son duos of all-time in the history of the National Basketball Association?
Steph Curry Consulted Kobe Bryant On How To Deal With Injured Finger
Steph Curry Consulted Kobe Bryant On How To Deal With Injured Finger
Steph Curry took advice from the Black Mamba on how to play with a hurt finger.
10 Most Impactful Trades In NBA History
10 Most Impactful Trades In NBA History
A look back on some of the trades that left a serious impact on the teams involved and even sometimes the league as a whole.
The under-rated ones: 5 Rookies you may have missed
The under-rated ones: 5 Rookies you may have missed
There are always a few rookies who are heralded as the best in their class. But, some rookies perform better than they were expected to.
5 Best NBA defenders of all time 
5 Best NBA defenders of all time 
The best of the defence, an important aspect of the game
The 5 best NBA draft classes EVER
The 5 best NBA draft classes EVER
We rank the best Draft classes in NBA history.
5 Greatest NBA players that came directly from High School
5 Greatest NBA players that came directly from High School
We rank the greatest players to make the leap to the NBA directly from High School.
5 lesser known facts about the Lakers
5 lesser known facts about the Lakers
Some interesting facts about one of the most prestigious franchises in NBA history.
Kane can become like Ronaldo and Messi, says Kobe Bryant
Kane can become like Ronaldo and Messi, says Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant, a spectator at Wembley on Sunday, lauded Harry Kane after his brace in the 4-1 rout of Liverpool.
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