Kobe Bryant

Professional basketball player Kobe Bryant

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.
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Vonn reconoce que la gloria olímpica la está dejando atrás tras obtener la medalla de bronce
LATimes - 1 day
Algunas de las atletas más grandes en la historia terminaron sus carreras con espectaculares presentaciones que encapsularon su magia en el deporte, como cuando Kobe Bryant anotó 60 puntos en su último partido y Ted Williams pegó un jonrón en su última oportunidad al bate.  Otros se fueron avergonzados,...
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Kobe Bryant Could Add an Oscar to His Record of Wins
NYTimes - 3 days
The ex-basketball star worked with animation and music stars to make the short “Dear Basketball.” It’s an academy front-runner, though it’s drawn #MeToo protests.
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N.B.A. Stars Get Into the Hollywood Game
NYTimes - 8 days
Los Angeles is suddenly crawling with basketball royalty like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who are developing TV shows, streaming offerings and movies.
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Kobe Bryant says he would protest during national anthem if he were still playing
Fox News - 11 days
NBA legend Kobe Bryant said Sunday that if he was still playing basketball he would have followed in Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps and take a knee during the national anthem.
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Kobe Bryant draws the most attention inside the Oscar nominees luncheon - Los Angeles Times
Google News - 17 days
Los Angeles Times Kobe Bryant draws the most attention inside the Oscar nominees luncheon Los Angeles Times Allison Janney, left, nominated for supporting actress for "I, Tonya," with Kobe Bryant, nominated for animated short film "Dear Basketball." (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times). 1 / 12. The ballroom was stuffed with Hollywood's elite: Meryl Streep, Steven ... Patton Oswalt's got hilarious tips for the stars at the Oscar nominees' luncheonUSA TODAY High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees LunchWashington Post Oscar Luncheon Brings Out Nominees And Good Vibes, While AMPAS President Reinforces A Changing AcademyDeadline Vanity Fair -FOXSports.com -BuzzFeed News -WPXI Pittsburgh all 65 news articles »
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Kobe Bryant Fast Facts
CNN - 29 days
Take a look at CNN's Fast Facts on Kobe Bryant and learn more about the life of the Los Angeles Laker, who played 20 seasons in the NBA.
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Kobe Bryant is an Oscar nominee
LATimes - about 1 month
An 18-time NBA all-star is now an Oscar nominee: Kobe Bryant is up for an Academy Award in the animated short category for his collaboration with artist Glen Keane and composer John Williams on "Dear Basketball." In nominations announced early Tuesday, “Dear Basketball” won its nomination for Keane’s...
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The View From Pluto: LeBron James Could Become The 'Accidental' All-Time Leading Scorer
NPR - about 1 month
Cavs’ star LeBron James is on pace to hit a milestone this weekend. He’s closing in on becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says scoring the most points has never been James' goal. James is 41 points away from hitting 30,000 career points. He'll then be just 802 points behind Dirk Nowitzki to take over the No. 6 spot on the all-time scoring list. And Pluto says it's possible James could eventually surpass No. 1 on that list -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . "Abdul-Jabbar had 38,000 points and played until he was 41. LeBron's in his 15th season and basically gets about 2,000 points a season. He could pass Abdul-Jabbar by the time he's 37. Next on the list is Karl Malone, then Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He'll blow past them in about a year and a half." Pluto says one reason why he's confident James will accomplish the feat is that he's never seriously injured. The accidental leading scorer Pluto
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Lakers debut new Kobe Bryant-inspired 'City Edition' jersey
LATimes - about 2 months
The Lakers on Wednesday unveiled a new Kobe Bryant-inspired “City Edition” alternate uniform that features a black jersey with shadowbox numbers and a snakeskin-like print that honors Bryant’s “Black Mamba” nickname. “I think they’re awesome,” coach Luke Walton said at a shootaround in preparation...
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Kobe Bryant Aims To Inspire Youth With Animated Film 'Dear Basketball'
Huffington Post - 2 months
The film is currently shortlisted for an Oscar.
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NBA's Lakers retire two numbers for Kobe Bryant
Fox News - 2 months
Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.
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Lakers! Lonzo Ball will meet with Kobe Bryant 'if the situation presents itself'
LATimes - 2 months
Hi, this is Tania Ganguli, Lakers reporter for the Los Angeles Times here with your weekly newsletter. The Lakers are in snowy Cleveland on Thursday finishing up a four-game road trip that has gone surprisingly well. They beat Philadelphia, holding off a fourth-quarter 76ers push with a game-winning...
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The Huddle: Kobe Bryant visits the Eagles as the Rams seek their 10th win
LATimes - 3 months
Each week during the season, visit the Huddle for the latest in Rams football news, notes, conversation and opinion. This is notable The Rams clinched their first winning season since 2003 with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A win against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Coliseum on Sunday...
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Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane's 'Dear Basketball' highlights 'Animation Show of Shows'
LATimes - 3 months
The 19th annual “Animation Show of Shows” brings an eclectic array of personal films from around the world to American audiences accustomed to equating animation with high-end CG features. This year’s collection includes 16 shorts from eight countries that emphasize animation’s potential as a vehicle...
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Why Isn't Derek Hough On 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 25? He's Kind Of Busy Right Now - Bustle
Google News - 5 months
Bustle Why Isn't Derek Hough On 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 25? He's Kind Of Busy Right Now Bustle A Dancing With The Stars season completely devoid of Houghs? Say it isn't so. People recently reported that Julianne Hough would not be returning to the judging table but, why isn't Derek Hough on Dancing With The Stars Season 25? Well, the fact is ... 'DWTS' Pro Sharna Burgess: Derek Fisher and I Have 'Both Tumbled to the Floor'Us Weekly Nick Lachey & Wife Vanessa, 'Dancing With the Stars': 5 Fast Facts You Need to KnowHeavy.com EXCLUSIVE: Derek Fisher Teases NBA-Themed 'DWTS' Salsa With Sharna Burgess -- Will Kobe Bryant Be There?Entertainment Tonight ABC News -Hollywood Life -HeadlinePlanet.com -Gossip Cop all 106 news articles »
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kobe Bryant
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    On August 22, 2016, Kobe along with his business partner Jeff Stibel launched Bryant-Stibel, a venture capital firm focused on different businesses including media, data, gaming and technology, with $100 million in funding.
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    In 2016, it was announced that Kobe and Vanessa Bryant were going to have their third child.
    On April 13, 2016, Bryant played his final NBA game against the Utah Jazz, scoring a season-high 60 points (the most points scored by a player that season), including outscoring the entire Jazz team 23–21 in the fourth quarter, in the Lakers' 101–96 victory.
    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 36
    On November 29, 2015, Bryant announced via The Players' Tribune that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
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    On December 1, 2015, Bryant played his last game against his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, where the Lakers lost 91-103.
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    After recovering to play in the 2015–16 preseason, Bryant suffered a calf injury and missed the final two weeks of exhibition games. However, he played in the season opener to begin his 20th season with the Lakers, surpassing John Stockton's league record of 19 for the most seasons with the same team. On November 24, 2015, the Lakers fell to 2–12 after losing 111–77 to the Warriors, as the defending NBA champions improved to 16–0 and broke the league record for consecutive wins to start a season.
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    He was expected to be sidelined for nine months with a return targeted toward the start of the 2015–16 season.
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    On November 30, 2014, in a 129–122 overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors, Bryant recorded his 20th career triple-double with 31 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.
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    Bryant returned for the 2014–15 season, his 19th season with the Lakers, who had replaced D'Antoni with Bryant's former Lakers teammate, Byron Scott.
    On March 12, 2014, the Lakers ruled Bryant out for the remainder of the season, citing his need for more rehab and the limited time remaining in the season.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    On April 10, 2013, Bryant became the first player in NBA history to get 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and three steals in an NBA game.
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    On January 11, 2013, Bryant and his wife both announced via social media that they had called off their divorce.
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    Bryant resumed practicing starting in November, after the start of the 2013–14 season.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    In an annual survey of NBA general managers, he was selected in 2012 for the 10th consecutive season as the player they most wanted taking the shot with the game on the line.
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    On November 2, 2012, Bryant scored 40 points with two steals, and he passed Magic Johnson (1,724) as the Lakers career leader in steals.
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    At the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Bryant scored 27 points to pass Jordan as the career scoring leader in the All-Star Game.
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    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.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    On December 16, 2011, Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, and the couple requested joint custody of their daughters.
    On April 13, 2011, the NBA fined Bryant $100,000 for directing a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams in frustration in the previous day's game.
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    Bryant, selected to his 13th straight All-Star game after becoming the leading vote-getter, had 37 points, 14 rebounds, and three steals in the 2011 All-Star Game and won his fourth All-Star MVP, tying Hall of Famer Bob Pettit for the most All-Star MVP awards.
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    On February 1, 2011, Bryant became one of seven players with at least 25,000 points, 5,000 rebounds and 5,000 assists.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    He led the Lakers to two more championships in 2009 and 2010, winning the Finals MVP award on both occasions.
    During the 2009–10 season, Bryant made six game-winning shots including a buzzer-beating, one-legged 3-pointer against the Miami Heat on December 4, 2009.
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    During the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, Bryant who tallied 27 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals was awarded All-Star Game co-MVP with former teammate O'Neal.
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    In a game against the Knicks on February 2, 2009, Bryant scored 61 points, setting a record for the most points scored at Madison Square Garden.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In a rematch against the 2008 Champion Boston Celtics, Bryant, despite shooting 6 for 24 from the field, led the Lakers back from a thirteen-point third quarter deficit in Game 7 to win the championship; he scored 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, and finished the game with 15 rebounds.
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    In addition to winning his MVP award, Bryant was the only unanimous selection to the All-NBA team on May 8, 2008 for the third straight season and sixth time in his career.
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    The Lakers swept the Nuggets in the first round and on May 6, 2008, and Bryant was officially announced as the league MVP.
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    In early September 2008, Bryant decided not to have surgery to repair the injury.
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    Despite an injury to his shooting hand's small finger, described as "a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint" that occurred in a game on February 5, 2008, Bryant played all 82 games of the regular season instead of opting for surgery.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    He was a member of the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team and USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that finished 10–0, won gold and qualified the United States men for the 2008 Olympics.
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    On December 23, 2007, Bryant became the youngest player (29 years, 122 days) to reach 20,000 points, in a game against the New York Knicks, in Madison Square Garden.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    However, he was once again sidelined after knee surgery and didn't participate in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
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    Throughout the 2006–07 season, his jersey became the top selling NBA jersey in the United States and China.
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    During the 2006–07 season, Bryant was selected to his 9th All-Star Game appearance, and on February 18, he logged 31 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals, earning his second career All-Star Game MVP trophy.
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    Later in the season, it was reported that Bryant would change his jersey number from 8 to 24 at the start of the 2006–07 NBA season.
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    Bryant finished in fourth place in the voting for the 2006 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but received 22 first place votes—second only to winner Steve Nash.
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    On January 22, 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in a 122–104 victory against the Toronto Raptors.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    On December 20, 2005, Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks.
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    The 2005–06 NBA season would mark a crossroads in Bryant's basketball career.
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    In the summer of 2003, the sheriff's office of Eagle, Colorado, arrested Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a 19-year-old hotel employee.
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    Bryant was originally selected for the FIBA Americas Championship in 2003, but withdrew after undergoing arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries.
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    The book detailed the events of the Lakers' tumultuous 2003–04 season and has a number of criticisms of Bryant.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    He also decided not to play in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
    Bryant was suspended one game after he punched Reggie Miller of the Indiana Pacers after the Lakers' March 1, 2002 victory over the Pacers.
    In the 2002–03 season, Bryant set an NBA record for three-pointers on January 7, 2003, making 12 against the Seattle SuperSonics.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 22
    In the 2001–02 season, Bryant played 80 games for the first time in his career.
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  • 2000
    Age 21
    The two began dating and became engaged just six months later in May 2000, while Laine was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California. To avoid media scrutiny, she finished high school through independent study. According to Vanessa's cousin Laila Laine, there was no prenuptial agreement. Vanessa said Bryant "loved her too much for one". They married on April 18, 2001, at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California.
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    Sony pushed Bryant from his roots of underground hip hop into a more radio-friendly sound. His debut album, Visions, was scheduled to release in the spring of 2000. The first single, "K.O.B.E'", featured supermodel Tyra Banks singing the hook. The single debuted in January 2000, and was performed at NBA All-Star Weekend that month; the song was not well received.
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    Bryant declined to play in the 2000 Olympics as he was getting married in the off-season.
    Statistically, the 2000–01 season saw Bryant perform similarly to the previous year, but he averaged 6 more points a game (28.5).
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    In the 2000 Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Bryant injured his ankle in the second quarter of Game 2 after landing on the Pacers' Jalen Rose's foot.
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    The three resulting championships won consecutively in 2000, 2001, and 2002 further proved such a fact.
    Despite a feud between them, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002.
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  • 1999
    Age 20
    With Bryant back and playing over 38 minutes a game, he saw an increase in all statistical categories in the 1999–2000 season.
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    Bryant started the 1999–2000 season sidelined for six weeks due to an injury to his hand suffered during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards.
    Bryant's fortunes would soon change when Phil Jackson became coach for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 19
    The 1998–99 season marked Bryant's emergence as a premier guard in the league.
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  • 1997
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 17
    As a rookie in 1996–97, Bryant mostly came off the bench behind guards Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.
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    On July 1, 1996, West traded his starting center, Vlade Divac, to the Hornets in exchange for Bryant's draft rights.
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    The first guard to ever be taken out of high school, Bryant was chosen as the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.
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    In 1996, Bryant took R&B singer Brandy to his senior prom, though the two were, and remain, just friends.
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    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 16
    At Adidas ABCD camp, Bryant earned the 1995 senior MVP award, while playing alongside future NBA teammate Lamar Odom.
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    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.
  • 1991
    Age 12
    Upon Joe Bryant's retirement from playing basketball in 1991, the Bryant family moved back to the United States.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on August 23, 1978.
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