Kobe Bryant

Active - 2002 - 2014  |   Born - Aug 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States  |   Died - Jan 26, 2020   |   Genres - Sports & Recreation

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  • Father Joe Bryant played eight seasons in the NBA and seven in Italy before eventually becoming WNBA coach.
  • Named after a type of steak his parents saw listed on a restaurant menu.
  • Speaks fluent Italian, having spent eight childhood years in Italy.
  • Took R&B singer Brandy to his high school prom.
  • Went directly from high school to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996.
  • Became youngest All-Star in NBA history at the age of 19 in 1998.
  • Won three straight NBA championships with the Lakers (2000-02), plus back-to-back titles (2009-10) in which he was named Finals MVP.
  • Led the NBA in scoring 2006 and 2007 and was named league MVP in 2008.
  • Scored 81 points, second most ever in NBA history, against Toronto in 2006.
  • In 2006, his daughter Gianna Maria-Onoro was born six minutes before the daughter of Bryant's former teammate, Shaquille O'Neal.