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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

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Kobe Bryant -- Hits Up Paintball Park ... After Shoulder Injury

Kobe Bryant
Hits Up Paintball Park After Shoulder Injury

Just days after being diagnosed with a season-ending rotator cuff injury, Kobe Bryant his up a popular paintball park in L.A. this weekend ... to kick it with Anderson Silva.Kobe and the UFC… READ MORE >

Kobe Bryant -- Injury Hurts Local Restaurants ... Expecting Fans to Bail

Kobe Bryant
Injury Hurts Local Restaurants Expecting Fans to Bail

It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower… READ MORE >

- 6 days ago
'Space Jam' Star -- Sequel Should NEVER HAPPEN ... 'Cause LeBron Ain't Michael

'Space Jam' Star
Sequel Should NEVER HAPPEN ... LeBron Ain't Michael

Anyone hoping for a "Space Jam" sequel (all four of you) is about to be seriously bummed ... 'cause one of the movie's stars is telling TMZ Sports why it should NEVER HAPPEN, and it's all about… READ MORE >

- 24 days ago
Vanessa Bryant -- Taps 'Project Runway' Designer ... For Xmas Card Dress

Vanessa Bryant
Taps 'Project Runway' Designer ... For Xmas Card Dress

Vanessa Bryant takes her Christmas card photo VERY SERIOUSLY -- so seriously in fact that Mrs. Mamba tapped one of the top designers from "Project Runway" to make her dress. Kobe… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago
Master P -- Kobe, Hit Me Up!  I Can Save Your Season

Master P
Kobe, Hit Me Up! I Can Save Your Season

Master P has a sure fire plan to turnaround this painful Lakers season -- just give him a little run, and he'll do what Kobe Bryant hasn't been able to do ... not yet, anyway.Mr. "Make Em'… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Charmin Toilet Paper -- THANKING KOBE BRYANT ... For T.P. Rant At Lakers Practice

Charmin Toilet Paper
THANKING KOBE For T.P. Rant At Lakers Practice

The people at Charmin toilet paper are SOAKING UP all the publicity from the Kobe Bryant meltdown yesterday --THANKING the Lakers star for saying the Lakers are "as soft as Charmin." As we… READ MORE >

- 49 days ago
Lakers Player -- WE'RE NOT MAD AT KOBE ... 'He's Just Trying to Motivate Us'

Lakers Player
WE'RE NOT MAD AT KOBE 'He's Just Trying to Motivate Us'

There will be no Kobe Bryant mutiny on the L.A. Lakers -- so says a Lakers player who tells TMZ Sports the squad is NOT MAD at The Mamba for tearing 'em a new butthole at practice today. In… READ MORE >

- 49 days ago
Aries Spears -- I Hate Kobe Bryant ... He's No Michael Jordan

Aries Spears
I Hate Kobe Bryant ... He's No Michael Jordan

So, probably safe to assume Aries Spears won't be getting a Christmas card from Kobe Bryant this year ... because the former "MadTV" star says he HATES the Mamba (and all things Lakers) with… READ MORE >

- 71 days ago
Doc Rivers -- Don't Slam Kobe For Missed Shots ... 'Can't Make 'Em If Ya Don't Take Em'

Doc Rivers
Don't Slam Kobe For Missed Shots 'Can't Make 'Em If Ya Don't Take Em'

Doc Rivers says he has NO PROBLEM with Kobe Bryant breaking the record for most missed shots in NBA history ... telling TMZ Sports, "The only way you can make 'em, you gotta take 'em."FYI -- Kobe… READ MORE >

- 78 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Will Ferrell Should Play Me ... In Movie About My Life

Kobe Bryant
Will Ferrell Should Play Me ... In Movie About My Life

He was Frank the Tank ... Ron Burgundy ... and Jackie Moon ... but now Will Ferrell could have his next role lined up -- Kobe Bryant.The NBA legend hit up the Hublot shop in Beverly Hills… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago

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