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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 -- Reuniting With Shaq ... 'I Shoulda Kept My Mouth Shut'

Kobe Bryant
Reuniting With Shaq 'I Shoulda Kept My Mouth Shut'

Kobe Bryant went face-to-face with Shaquille O'Neal on Shaq's podcast -- and both NBA stars expressed serious regrets about the way things played out between them over the… READ MORE >

Eric Benet -- Tells Kobe Bryant to Retire ... Through Majesty of Song (VIDEO)

Eric Benet
Tells Kobe Bryant to Retire ... Through Majesty of Song

Wanna hear a guy with a beautiful singing voice tell Kobe Bryant that it's time to hang 'em up ... in a song??? Great!  Check out this clip of R&B singer… READ MORE >

- 6 days ago
Taylor Swift -- Kobe Bryant Jumps Onstage in Banner Night (VIDEO)

Taylor Swift
Kobe Jumps Onstage In Banner Night

Taylor Swift had them hanging from the rafters at the Staples Center in L.A. Friday night, and something else was hanging from the rafters ... with a little help from… READ MORE >

- 8 days ago
Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan -- Going Head-to-Head Again ... On Some Dude's Calves (PHOTO)

Kobe vs. Michael
Going Head-to-Head Again ... On Some Dude's Calves

Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant -- the epic GOAT debate can finally be settled thanks to some guy who LOVES basketball ... but makes poor decisions when it comes to tattoos. Gotta love our friends… READ MORE >

- 10 days ago
NBA's Jared Dudley -- Flip Flops On Kobe Bryant ... Put Him On Team USA (VIDEO)

NBA's Jared Dudley
Flip Flops On Kobe ... Put Him On Team USA

Washington Wizard Jared Dudley just pulled a 180 on Kobe Bryant -- calling him a LOCK for Team USA ... even though he recently said free agent superstars… READ MORE >

- 12 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Sipping on Sake!! Blame Vanessa Or Maybe He's All Growed Up (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant
Sipping on Sake!! Blame Vanessa ... Or Maybe He's All Growed Up

Kobe Bryant's romantic night out in Japan with his wife is sparking a battle royale in our office -- prepare to join the melee. The issue: Kobe and Vanessa went… READ MORE >

- 17 days ago
Roy Hibbert -- Ben Savage Is My Spirit Animal (VIDEO)

Roy Hibbert
Ben Savage Is My Spirit Animal

Roy Hibbert sees himself as more of an adolescent white kid struggling to make sense of high school ... than a 7'2" NBA shot blocking machine.  TMZ… READ MORE >

- 18 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- I'll Take My Coffee Black ... Mamba Style In China (PHOTO)

Kobe Bryant
I Like My Coffee Black ... Mamba Style In China

Kobe Bryant gets even MORE special treatment when he leaves America ... 'cause we're pretty sure his neighborhood Starbucks never served up an awesome Black Mamba themed latte!  That… READ MORE >

- 25 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Kobe Won't Call Roy Hibbert ... Until He Proves Himself

Metta World Peace
Kobe Won't Call Roy Hibbert ... Until He Proves Himself

Kobe Bryant is NOT the Lakers welcoming committee -- and won't call new teammates like Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams until they EARN a phone call ... so says Metta… READ MORE >

- 33 days ago
New Lakers -- Kobe Who?? (VIDEO)

New Lakers
Kobe Who??

Three new Lakers were silenced by Kobe Bryant ... or at least a question about Kobe -- and the video is super awkward. The Lakers held a news conference to introduce… READ MORE >

- 39 days ago

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