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Kobe Bryant is known as a retired basketball player and producer. He is most famous for winning five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Childhood and Education

Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after a Japanese steakhouse, Kobe Bryant is the child of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. In 1984, in the wake of the completion of his NBA career, the senior Bryant took the family to Italy, where he played in the Italian League. Experiencing childhood in Italy nearby two athletic older sisters, Shaya and Sharia, Kobe was an energetic player of both basketball and soccer. At the point when the family came back to Philadelphia in 1991, Bryant joined the Lower Merion High School basketball crew, driving it to the state titles four years straight. With an eye on the NBA, he started working out with the 76ers.

In spite of the fact that he flaunted decent evaluations and high SAT scores, Bryant chose to go directly to the NBA from high school. He was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth pick of the 1996 NBA draft and was then exchanged to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.

Wife and Kids

Bryant married 19-year-old Vanessa Laine in April 2001. The couple are guardians to three girls Natalia Diamante, Gianna Maria-Onore, and Bianka. The pair is anticipating their fourth girl in 2019.

In July 2003, Kobe was accused of raping a 19-year-old female inn clerk in Colorado. Bryant said he was blameworthy of infidelity, however, he was innocent of the assault charge. The body of evidence against Bryant was expelled in 2004, and he settled the claim out of court.

Career, Stats, and Awards

A predominant scorer, Bryant won five NBA titles and the 2008 MVP Award with the Los Angeles Lakers. Albeit later seasons were damaged by injury wounds, he outperformed Michael Jordan for the third spot on the NBA record-breaking scoring list in December 2014 and retired in 2016 in the wake of scoring 60 points in his last game. In 2018 Bryant earned an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Dear Basketball.

In July 2019, NBA legend Bill Russell's legacy was highlighted in stunning style at the ESPYS awards show. Kobe Bryant conveyed a historic discourse to honor Russell, the Celtics' Hall of Fame big man and basketball icon as the 2019 recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The impact of Bryant's talk was highlighted when he illuminated Russell as a catalyst for breaking racial barriers in a period that eventually allowed African-American contenders to thrive.

Date modified: May 14, 2020
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