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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 and Kevin Durant -- We Got U.S. Women's Backs ... In FIFA World Cup Turf War

Kobe & Kevin Durant
We Got U.S. Women's Backs In FIFA World Cup Turf War

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant blasted FIFA over its plan to play the women's World Cup matches on artificial turf -- and they did it with a bloody illustration of how turf tore up U.S. star Sydney… READ MORE >

Kobe Bryant -- Speaks at Trayvon Martin Event ... I Have 'Responsibility' to Help His Family

Kobe Bryant
Speaks at Trayvon Martin Event I Have 'Responsibility' to Help His Family

Kobe Bryant met with Trayvon Martin's family at a rally in Crenshaw this weekend -- and told the crowd he has a "responsibility" as a celebrity to help Trayvon's parents tell their story. The… READ MORE >

- 45 days ago
Jerry West -- Kobe Bryant's Championship Days ... Are Probably Over!

Jerry West
Kobe's Championship Days Are Probably Over!

Kobe Bryant won't need to clear space in his jewelry box for another NBA championship ring -- because his days of winning titles are likely over ... so says Lakers legend Jerry West. The NBA… READ MORE >

- 49 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- I Go to TMZ Sports ... For ACCURATE Sports Info

Kobe Bryant
I Go to TMZ Sports ... For ACCURATE Sports Info

Kobe Bryant says reports that he played in a pickup basketball game with Carmelo Anthony last week are complete B.S. -- and told the media that if he wants ACCURATE sports news, he reads… READ MORE >

- 55 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Dunking on Vacation ... Kids Not Basketballs

Kobe Bryant
Dunking on Vacation ... Kids Not Basketballs

Kobe Bryant still loves to dunk ... except this time it's not basketballs over defenders, it's adorable tykes into the Agean sea.The NBA star -- still recovering from a season-ending injury… READ MORE >

- 70 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Just Your Average World Cup Spectator

Kobe Bryant
Just Your Average World Cup Spectator

Self-proclaimed soccer fan Kobe Bryant was spotted in the stands at the Spain vs. Netherlands World Cup match in Brazil today ... taking in the game like every other non-world famous celeb in the… READ MORE >

- 82 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- STEAK DINNER WITH Michael Jordan ... In Bev Hills

Kobe Bryant
STEAK DINNER WITH Michael Jordan ... In Bev Hills

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had a private dinner together in Beverly Hills last night -- eating at one of the fanciest steak joints in town ... TMZ Sports has learned. The Mamba and His Royal… READ MORE >

- 90 days ago
Brandy: Kobe Bryant's Prom Date -- She Kept Her Corsage

Brandy
I Kept My Corsage From Prom With Kobe Bryant

It's been 18 years since a young Kobe Bryant took Brandy to his high school prom ... and now, the singer tells TMZ Sports she KEPT HER CORSAGE as a souvenir! Brandy was walkin' into the… READ MORE >

- 132 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Get Over Your Beef with Shaq ... Says Ex-Teammate

Kobe Bryant
Get Over Your Beef with Shaq ... Says Ex-Teammate

Kobe Bryant’s gotta stop trashing Shaq’s NBA work ethic in the media, because it’s starting to get personal … so says one of their former teammates. We spoke with Tracy… READ MORE >

- 158 days ago
Sam Jackson -- Kobe Won't Win Another Title ... As a Player

Sam Jackson
Kobe Won't Win Another Title ... As a Player

Samuel L. Jackson isn't the kind of guy who beats around the bush -- so when we asked if he thinks Kobe Bryant will ever win another NBA title, the guy was as brutally honest as it gets. But don't… READ MORE >

- 171 days ago

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