Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. His career highlights include winning five NBA championships. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, the 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He is a former MVP in the regular season, final and all-star.
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, PA. He entered the NBA directly from high school, and he has played for the Lakers his entire career. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favourite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. He was named an All-Star in his second season. Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. They had an ongoing feud at the time. Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. Since his second year in the league, Bryant has been chosen to start every All-Star Game for a record 18 consecutive appearances. He has won the All-Star MVP Award four times (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011).
- Full Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
- Birthdate: August 23, 1978
- Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Star Sign: Virgo
- Height: 1.98 m
- Spouse: Vanessa Laine Bryant
- Children: Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant
- Died: January 26, 2020, Calabasas, CA, US
Kobe Bryant married Vanessa Laine in 2001. The couple has two daughters. Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011 but they reconciled in 2013.
Death of Kobe Bryant
On the morning of January 26, 2020, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed in Calabasas, California around 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles; it was carrying one pilot and eight passengers, including former professional basketball player Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. All occupants were killed.