Kobe Bryant, in full Kobe Bean Bryant, born August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. died January 26, 2020, Calabasas, California, American Professional Basketball Player, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association NBA to five championships (2000–02 and 2009–10).
Though he boasted good grades and high SAT scores, Bryant decided to go straight to the NBA from high school. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft and was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Early Life :
In 1984, after ending his NBA career, the elder Bryant took the family to Italy, where he played in the Italian League. Growing up in Italy alongside two athletic older sisters, Shaya and Sharia, Bryant was an avid player of both basketball and soccer. When the family returned to Philadelphia in 1991, Bryant joined the Lower Merion High School basketball team, leading it to the state championships four years in a row. With an eye on the NBA, he also started working out with the 76ers. Though he boasted good grades and high SAT scores, Bryant decided to go straight to the NBA from high school. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft and was subsequently traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Personal Life :
In November 1999, 21-year-old Kobe met Vanessa, who was a 17-year-old dancer in one of the music videos. They began dating almost immediately and got engaged in 2001. His wedding was a private affair and was sparsely attended. His parents were against this marriage on two grounds, firstly, because he was way too young to get married and secondly that Vanessa Laine wasn’t African American. This caused a huge drift between Kobe and his family and led to them not speaking to each other for two years during which time his daughter was born.
- 5 Time NBA Champion : 2000,2001,2002,2009,2010.
- 2 Time NBA Finals MVP : 2009,2010.
- NBA Most Valuable Player :2008.
- 2-Time Scoring Champion 2006,2007
- 18-Time NBA ALL-STAR.
- 4-Time NBA ALL-STAR Game MVP.
Kobe’s Final season was littered with injuries, starting with a calf injury in the very first week of the exhibition games. He played in the season opener to begin his 20th season with Lakers, surpassing John Stockton’s league record of 19 for the most seasons with same team. On November 29,2015 Bryan announced via The Players Tribune that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
On January 26, 2020, Bryant was onboard a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas. Nine people, including Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi,” died. The helicopter was on its way from Orange County to Thousands Oaks, Bryant and his daughter were laid to rest in a private funeral on February 7, 2020. On February 24, they were honored in a memorial service at the Staples Center, with Beyoncé and Alicia Keys delivering musical tributes and Jordan, Shaq and wife Vanessa among those sharing emotional recollections of the basketball great and family man.