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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 -- PANDEMONIUM AT L.A. SHOPPING MALL ... Caught On Video

Kobe Bryant
PANDEMONIUM AT L.A. SHOPPING MALL Caught On Video

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS!!!It was full KOBE-MANIA at an L.A. mall yesterday ... when the Black Mamba arrived to promote his new Nike Kobe 9 Elite shoe and the entire shopping center… READ MORE >

Kobe Bryant -- I Never Saw Him Helicopter to Practice ... Says Former Lakers Star

Kobe Bryant
I Never Saw Him Helicopter to Practice Says Former Lakers Star

You've heard the stories about Kobe Bryant and his legendary chopper ... but former Lakers player Devin Ebanks tells TMZ Sports he NEVER saw the Mamba helicopter to practice once!!!!Ebanks -- who… READ MORE >

- 138 days ago
Ex-Lakers Star -- Kobe Bryant Got Hazed ... By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Ex-Lakers Star
Kobe Bryant Got Hazed By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Kobe Bryant didn't have to go through the regular NBA hazing rituals when he was a rookie -- in fact a bunch of retired Lakers GREATS came out to initiate the Mamba including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar… READ MORE >

- 148 days ago
Kobe Bryant's Pimped Out Lowrider -- BOMBS at Car Auction

Kobe Bryant's
Pimped Out Lowrider BOMBS at Car Auction

Kobe Bryant's old pimped out Chevy Impala just got ROCKED at a major car auction in Arizona ... selling for BARELY HALF of what the owners were hoping to pull in ... TMZ Sports has learned. The… READ MORE >

- 172 days ago
Sinbad -- Kobe Bryant DISSED Los Angeles ... With Boston College Visit

Sinbad
Kobe Dissed L.A. With Boston College Visit

Not everyone's thrilled with Kobe Bryant's impromptu college visit in Boston last night ... in fact, Sinbad's downright upset -- telling TMZ Sports it's a huge INSULT to the schools in L.A. Sinbad… READ MORE >

- 175 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Classroom Visit Was NOT Pre-Approved ... Professor Says

Kobe Bryant
Classroom Visit Was NOT Pre-Approved ... Professor Says

Kobe Bryant surprised a classroom full of students at Boston College last night when he walked into a marketing class and sat in for the full 2-hour course ... but the professor tells us he had NO… READ MORE >

- 176 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- My Bald Head Costs $830 to Groom

Kobe Bryant
My Bald Head Costs $830 to Groom

Kobe Bryant somehow managed to rack up a $833.75 grooming bill on a recent Nike shoot ... which is pretty steep considering the guy has no hair and reportedly refuses to wear makeup on… READ MORE >

- 180 days ago
James Harden -- I May Have Punched That Guy ... But He Had It Coming

James Harden
I May Have Punched That Guy ... But He Had It Coming

NBA star James Harden claims the guy suing him for an alleged attack outside of an L.A. nightclub DESERVED to get socked in the face, because he was acting like an aggressive a-hole ... this… READ MORE >

- 189 days ago
Gabrielle Union -- Takes MASSIVE Ring to Lakers Game ... With Bodyguards

Gabrielle Union
Takes MASSIVE Ring to Lakers Game ... With Bodyguards

Gabrielle Union -- the future Mrs. Dwyane Wade -- took her brand new million dollar 8.5 carat diamond ring out in public yesterday ... but not without some serious hired muscle to keep it safe.… READ MORE >

- 198 days ago
Jerry West -- Haters, Get Off Kobe Bryant's Back ... He'll Rebound from Injury

Jerry West
Haters, Get Off Kobe's Back ... He'll Rebound from Injury

Kobe Bryant can't play to his full potential right now, and won't for a while -- so says NBA icon Jerry West. West -- whose famous silhouette appears on the NBA logo -- tells TMZ Sports Kobe needs… READ MORE >

- 207 days ago

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