Kobe Bryant Biography  

It was on 23 August 1978, when Joe and Pamela Bryant became proud parents of Kobe Bryant; today best known as the Superstar guard of the Los Angeles Lakers.

His father being a former player of the National Basketball Association, Bryant mastered the ground rules of the game very early in life. Right from the age of 11, he chose to focus solely on the game so that he could realize his dream of going to the NBA straight from high school.

His passion drove him to beat his father one-on-one by the time he became 14 years of age. By then, Bryant was convinced that basketball was his game! This 6 feet 6 inches high school star turned pro just when he was 17 and unveiled his career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1996.

At the outset of his professional life, Bryant played restricted minutes. However, in Bryant's second season, he received more playing time and was in a position to showcase his abilities as a brilliant young guard. Soon, Bryant and his teammate Shaquille O’Neal emerged as an outstanding center-guard combination and led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from the year 2000 to 2002. At a very young age, Bryant entered wedlock with Vanessa Laine in 2001. Today, the couple is blessed with two daughters, Natalia and Gianna.

In the 2002-03 NBA season, Bryant averaged 30 points per game and embarked on a historic run, posting 40 or more points in nine consecutive games while averaging 40.6 in the entire month of February. In the season 2003-04, the exit of O'Neal marked Bryant as the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise. In the following 2003–04 NBA season, the Lakers acquired NBA All Stars Karl Malone and Gary Payton to press on at the NBA Championship. Alas, before the season began, Bryant was arrested for sexual assault on a 19 year old resort employee in Colorado. Bryant insisted that his relationship with the woman was consensual and denied the assault allegation. The case was ultimately dismissed and Bryant matured a civil suit with the woman out of court. The court acquitted him but the media did not. His reputation suffered a set back and his actions were closely monitored and criticized during the 2004–05 season. Despite Bryant being the League's second leading scorer at 27.6 points per game, the Lakers missed the playoffs, marking it as the first time in over a decade. An unlucky year indeed! This year signified a plunge in Bryant's overall standing in the NBA.

For years Kobe wore the jersey number 8, but announced his switch to number 24 at the beginning of the 2006 NBA season. This spirited and hard line guard was the consistent leading scorer of the NBA during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. Bryant carried forward his play with the Lakers and made history as the second highest-scoring individual performer in the NBA by scoring 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. Bryant finished in fourth-place in the voting for the 2006 NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

As the season progressed, Bryant was drawn into a number of on court episodes. On May 27, 2007, ESPN reported that Bryant wanted to be traded. Since then, there have been a series of denials and confirmations to this statement. On December 23, 2007 Kobe became the youngest player at only 29 years, 122 days to reach the 20,000 points mark. It surely has been this charisma that has often led to comparisons between him and the former NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

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Kobe-Bryant-Childhood      Kobe Bryant was the youngest of three children born to Joe and Pamela Bryant on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before him, the couple was blessed with two daughters, Sharia and Shaya. Passion towards basketball was in his genes as Kobe’s father, often known as Joe ‘Jellybean’ Bryant was a professional basketball player and coach. More..




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