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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 -- 'Kobe Day Is a Huge Honor' ... Speaks At City Hall (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant
'Kobe Day Is a Huge Honor' ... Speaks At City Hall

Kobe Bryant says it's a "huge blessing and a huge honor" to have 8/24 deemed "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles ... and gave a heartfelt speech to his friends, family and fans at L.A. City… READ MORE >

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti -- Happy Kobe Day ... Here's How to Celebrate! (VIDEO)

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
Happy Kobe Day ... Here's How to Celebrate!

Wednesday will officially be declared "Kobe Bryant Day" in Los Angeles ... 'cause it's 8/24 (his two jersey numbers) ... and even the Mayor of L.A. is pumped about it.  Bryant will be… READ MORE >

- 4 days ago
Magic Johnson -- I Hope Kobe's the Next 'Magic' ... 'Keep Doing Great Things' (VIDEO)

Magic Johnson
I Hope Kobe's the Next 'Magic' 'Keep Doing Great Things'

Magic Johnson says he's rooting hard for Kobe Bryant to kill it in the business world -- saying he hopes Mamba becomes the next ex-NBA star to make it BIG off the court.  Kobe just… READ MORE >

- 5 days ago
Damian Lillard -- Kobe Can Be the Next Magic Johnson ... Off the Court (VIDEO)

Damian Lillard
Kobe Can Be the Next Magic Johnson ... Off the Court

With Kobe Bryant launching his own $100 million venture capital fund, he's right on pace to be the next Magic Johnson of the business world ... so says Damian Lillard.  The Portland Trail… READ MORE >

- 5 days ago
Matt Barnes -- I Might Make Movies With Kobe ... We Talked About It (VIDEOS)

Matt Barnes
I Might Make Movies With Kobe ... We Talked About It

Matt Barnes is hoping his days of teaming up with Kobe Bryant didn't end with the 2012 Lakers ... saying he wants the Mamba to give him a big assist ... as a MOVIE PRODUCER. We got Barnes out in… READ MORE >

- 15 days ago
Kobe & Michael Jordan -- INSANE Athlete Tattoos ... From Elite Ink Artist (PHOTO GALLERY)

Kobe & Michael Jordan
INSANE Athlete Tattoos From Elite Ink Artist

If you bleed Kobe Bryant ... or Michael Jordan ... or Mike Tyson ... or any sports legend, there's a tattoo artist in New Zealand who's become the go-to guy for hyper realistic tats of the biggest… READ MORE >

- 22 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Retired Life In The Fast Lane ... Shreds The Track In Sick Ferrari (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant
Retired Life In The Fast Lane ... Shreds The Track In Sick Ferrari

Retired life is going by fast for Kobe Bryant ... really fast ... like almost at a breakneck speed ... check out the Mamba TEARING IT UP whipping a sick Ferrari on a closed course. Kobe was in… READ MORE >

- 32 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Crowd Goes Insane In Italy ... 'Feels Like I've Returned Home' (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant
Crowd Goes Insane In Italy 'Feels Like I've Returned Home'

The crowds came out in FORCE for Kobe Bryant in Milan Friday ... lining the streets and chanting his name as the NBA legend returned to the country where he grew up.  At one point, Kobe… READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
Matt Barnes -- My Message to 17-Year-Old Self ... (VIDEO)

Matt Barnes
My Message to 17-Year-Old Self ...

Kobe Bryant's letter to his 17-year-old self was all about advising him how to handle his money -- warning him how massive wealth can screw up relationships.  So, what would Matt Barnes say… READ MORE >

- 38 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- SLIIIMMEEEDDD ... At Nickelodeon Awards (VIDEO)

Kobe Bryant
SLIIIMMEEEDDD ... At Nickelodeon Awards

Kobe Bryant is probably still cleaning the liquid gold out of his ears this morning ... after getting DOUSED in gold slime last night at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards!  Kobe was… READ MORE >

- 44 days ago

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