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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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Nick Young -- Kobe Bryant for MVP

Nick Young
Kobe Bryant for MVP

// Photog: "Who you thinkin' for MVP this year? Curry? Harden? Westbrook?"Nick Young: "I would give it to Kobe." Maybe Nick Young was kidding ... then again, maybe not.  Kobe… READ MORE >

Metta World Peace -- Don't Give Up On Kobe Bryant ... He'll Get Ring Next Season!

Metta World Peace
Don't Give Up On Kobe ... He'll Get Ring Next Season!

// Kobe Bryant has ONE more championship run left in him ... and will probably get his SIXTH ring next season ... so says Mamba's former teammate Metta World Peace.  But before we get to… READ MORE >

- 24 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Vanessa Miscarried During Rape Case ... I Blame Myself

Kobe Bryant
Vanessa Miscarried During Rape Case ... I Blame Myself

Kobe Bryant says his wife Vanessa Bryant miscarried in 2004 ... right in the thick of his rape case in Colorado ... and says he blames no one but himself.  Bryant opened up about the… READ MORE >

- 28 days ago
Charles Barkley -- I'm Not Crazy ... I Know Kobe Bryant Is Better Than Me!

Charles Barkley
I'm Not Crazy I Know Kobe Bryant Is Better Than Me!

Charles Barkley is a lot of things, but delusional isn't one of them ... because the NBA legend seems to know exactly where he ranks in basketball supremacy ... and it's behind Kobe Bean Bryant.… READ MORE >

- 34 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- If My Ego's Too Big ... Screw You!

Kobe Bryant
If My Ego's Too Big Screw You!

Kobe Bryant says ... he knows there are NBA stars who refused to play for the Lakers because they couldn't handle Mamba's ego ... but Kobe says the team didn't need those players anyway.  … READ MORE >

- 42 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Breaks Out the Chopper ... For Valentine's Day

Kobe Bryant
Breaks Out the Chopper ... For Valentine's Day

His rotator is still jacked up, but his rotors are doing just fine -- which is why Kobe Bryant broke out the helicopter for a special Valentine's Day date with his wife Vanessa.  The two… READ MORE >

- 43 days ago
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 >

- 65 days ago
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 >

- 66 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 >

- 84 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 >

- 99 days ago

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