Kobe Bryant

Professional Basketball Player
Born Aug 23, 1978

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 enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Kobe Bryant.


1978 Birth Born on August 23, 1978.


1991 12 Years Old Upon Joe Bryant's retirement from playing basketball in 1991, the Bryant family moved back to the United States. … Read More
1995 16 Years Old 1 More Event
Duke, Michigan, North Carolina and Villanova were at the top of his list; however, when Kevin Garnett went in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft, he began considering going directly to the pros.
…  He declared for the NBA draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets, who traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. … Read More
1997 18 Years Old During the All-Star weekend, Bryant participated in the Rookie Challenge and won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, becoming the youngest dunk champion ever at the age of 18. … Read More
1998 19 Years Old The 1998–99 season marked Bryant's emergence as a premier guard in the league. … Read More


Bryant's fortunes would soon change when Phil Jackson became coach for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999. … Read More
Despite a feud between them, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. … Read More
2001 22 Years Old In the 2001–02 season, Bryant played 80 games for the first time in his career. … Read More
…  In the 2002 Finals against the New Jersey Nets, Bryant averaged 26.8 points, 51.4% shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists per game, which included scoring a quarter of the teams points. … Read More
In the following 2003–04 season, the Lakers were able to acquire NBA All-Stars Karl Malone, and Gary Payton to make another push at the NBA Championship. … Read More
2005 26 Years Old 1 More Event
The 2005–06 NBA season would mark a crossroads in Bryant's basketball career. … Read More
When the Lakers faced the Miami Heat on January 16, 2006, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal made headlines by engaging in handshakes and hugs before the game, signifying a change in the feud that had festered between them. … Read More
On May 27, 2007, ESPN reported that Bryant stated that he wanted to be traded if Jerry West did not return to the team with full authority. … Read More
After losing in the 2008 NBA Finals, he led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the Finals MVP Award on both occasions. … Read More


2009 - 2011 8 More Events
On January 10, 2012, Bryant scored 48 points against the Suns, the most ever by a player in his 16th season. "Not bad for the seventh-best player in the league", said Bryant, referring to a preseason ESPN ranking of the NBA's top players. … Read More
2013 - 2014 6 More Events
On January 21, 2015, Bryant suffered a rotator cuff tear in his right shoulder while driving baseline for a two-handed dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans. … Read More
…  Bryant was the leading overall vote-getter for the 2016 All-Star Game with 1.9 million votes, ahead of Stephen Curry's 1.6 million. … Read More
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