Kobe Bryant Biography
Kobe Bryant was a 5-time NBA champion who only played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was an 18x All-Star who made a 15-time All-NBA Team.
Bryant was born on 23 August 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Pamela and Joe Bryant. When he was a boy his family moved to Italy. He played basketball and soccer there, and became fluent in Italian. Upon his return to the United States he enrolled at Lower Merion High School. Bryant played on the varsity basketball team and during his junior year he was named the Pennsylvania Player of the Year. He led the team to his senior year’s state championship, a title they failed to win in 53 years.
Kobe Bryant Short Biography
Kobe Bean Bryant
August 23, 1978
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
6ft 5in (196 cm)
Professional Basketball Player
Net Worth And Salary
US $500 Million
January 26, 2020
Cause of Death
Place of Death
Calabasas, California, U.S.
Kobe Bryant Career
The Charlotte Hornets drafted Bryant with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant came off the bench as a rookie and gradually won more minutes as the season progressed. He won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, and was called in 1998 to his first All-Star game. Between 2000 to 2002, Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to 3 straight championships. In 2005-07 he led the league in scoring and was voted MVP of the regular season in 2008. In 2009-2010, Bryant won two more Championships.
Bryant won the N.B.A.’s Most Valuable Player Award for the 2007-8 season, and was the M.V.P. of the N.B.A. finals in 2009 and 2010.
He surpassed Michael Jordan as 3rd all-time scorer with more than 33,000 points in December 2014. LeBron James earned the title of 3rd highest scorer in January 2020. Bryant retired from play at the end of the NBA season for 2015-2016.
Kobe Bryant Personal Life
Bryant was of African-American origin and 6 ft 5 in tall. His net worth was pre-death valued at $500 million USD. Bryant gets married “Vanessa Laine” in 2001 and they had two daughters, Natalia and Gianna. The couple filed for divorce in 2011 but reconciled their marriage in 2013. Bryant and Vanessa welcomed their third child, Bianka, in December 2016.
|Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in Irvine, Calif. in 2018|
Kobe was so much more than an athlete, he was a family man. That was what we had most in common. I would hug his children like they were my own and he would embrace my kids like they were his. His baby girl Gigi was born on the same day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant Cause Of Death
Kobe Bryant, the NBA MVP who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died along with seven others.
On 26 January 2020, Kobe Bryant died at the age of 41. He was Died in the crash of a helicopter in Calabasas, California. The fatal crash, including his daughter Gianna, claimed the lives of 8 people. She was thirteen.
The mamba academy getting news of Kobe. This is soul crushing. Love your loved ones.pic.twitter.com/FBQ3ar7HU2
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) January 26, 2020
A minute’s silence in memory of Kobe Bryant before our training session. #RealMadrid pic.twitter.com/0mJkmOZqVO
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) January 27, 2020
Wearing a @Lakers cap, @RafaelNadal pays tribute to Kobe Bryant. 🙏#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/S1AzkkvNqZ
— ATP Tour (@atptour) January 27, 2020
LOOK: Megaworld’s Uptown Bonifacio pays tribute to Kobe Bryant. | via @RalfRivas pic.twitter.com/Sr5mcCQKyl
— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) January 27, 2020
Kobe Bryant Fans
Fans gathered quickly at Staples Center, where Bryant delivered championships with the Lakers.
|Fans gathered outside Staples Center after hearing of Bryant’s death.|
A powerful moment in honor of Kobe.
After the Grizzlies took a 24-second violation to begin the game, the Suns took an 8-second violation. Devin Booker was moved to tears. pic.twitter.com/YikW0sY4rr
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 26, 2020
Bryant visited President Barack Obama at the White House in January 2010 to celebrate winning the championship for the 2008-9 season.