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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) 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. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O'Neal's trade from the Lakers after the 2003–04 season. Following O'Neal's departure Bryant became the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, setting numerous scoring records in the process. In 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Cracked Kobe Joke at Shaq Statue Unveiling (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Cracked Kobe Joke at Shaq Statue Unveiling

Everyone's a comedian ... even Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! The Lakers legend was one of the speakers at Shaq's big Lakers statue unveiling at Staples Center on Friday ... and made a reference to the… READ MORE >

Ice Cube Says Kobe Could Never Be Banned From Staples (VIDEO)

Ice Cube
Kobe Would Never Get Oakley'd Staples Center Ban Is IMPOSSIBLE

Good news for Kobe ... he'll NEVER be shunned from Staples Center like Charles Oakley was from Madison Square Garden ... that's according to Ice Cube who says a Mamba ban is simply not possible. READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
Kenny Smith Kills Smush Parker's Kobe 3-On-3 Dream (VIDEO)

Kenny Smith
Kills Smush Parker's Dream Kobe's Not Joining Your Team Bro

Kobe Bryant will NEVER join Lamar Odom and Smush Parker in Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league ... that's according to Kenny Smith who says if Kobe still wanted to hoop, he'd do it in the NBA. We got Kenny… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Smush Parker Won't Beg Kobe Bryant ... Could Tap Another Laker for 3-on-3 League (VIDEO)

Smush Parker
I Won't Beg Kobe But Might Tap Another Laker for 3-on-3 League

Smush Parker tells TMZ Sports he's PUMPED Lamar Odom is down to join his team for Ice Cube's 3-on-3 league ... and while he hopes Kobe Bryant comes around, he's not about to beg. The ex-Lakers… READ MORE >

- 60 days ago
Lamar Odom Says HE'S DOWN for 3-on-3 Team with Smush and Kobe (VIDEO)

Lamar Odom
I'M DOWN For 3-on-3 Team with Smush & Kobe

Lamar Odom says he's ON BOARD to team up with Smush Parker and Kobe Bryant for Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league ... telling TMZ Sports, "I'm with it!" Of course, this whole thing started with… READ MORE >

- 61 days ago
Smush Parker Wants To Team Up With Kobe Bryant In Big3 League (VIDEO)

Smush Parker
I Wanna Make Up With Kobe Bryant To Dominate Big3 League

Ex-Laker Smush Parker wants to squash the beef with Kobe Bryant and team up to compete in Ice Cube's Big3 League!! In case you didn't know ... Kobe made it clear during his playing days that he… READ MORE >

- 63 days ago
Vanessa Bryant -- No More NBA on Xmas ... WOOHOO!!! (PHOTO)

Vanessa Bryant
No More NBA on Xmas WOOHOO!!!

Kobe Bryant has a NEW Christmas Day tradition -- one that doesn't involve basketball -- and it seems his wife, Vanessa, couldn't be more excited about it! FYI, Kobe spent 16 of his last 20 Dec.… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
Rick Fox Will Not Help Train Kobe's Kids In Hoops ... Here's Why (VIDEO)

Rick Fox
I Won't Train Kobe's Kids In Hoops ... Here's Why

Bad news for Kobe Bryant ... his old pal, Rick Fox, says he probably won't have anything to do with nurturing Mamba's kids to hoops greatness ... but he has a perfectly good reason why. We… READ MORE >

- 91 days ago
Kobe Bryant's First Pic of Newborn Baby!!! (PHOTO)

Kobe Bryant
MEET MY BABY ... She's Adorable!

Here she is ... the newest member of the Mamba family!  Vanessa Bryant just posted the very first pic of her new baby daughter, Bianka Bryant ... born December 5. Mrs. Mamba added, "Kobe and… READ MORE >

- 95 days ago
Kobe Bryant's Daughter's Name is Bianka Bella Bryant (DOCUMENT)

Kobe Bryant
Bianka Bella Bryant is Her Name!

Kobe Bryant's third feat got the triple B treatment. TMZ Sports has obtained a copy of Kobe and Vanessa's brand new baby certificate and it lists her full name -- Bianka Bella Bryant! She was born… READ MORE >

- 104 days ago

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