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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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Dustin Hoffman to Kobe -- DON'T START ACTING ... 'You're Better Than That'

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- 68 days ago
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Shawn Stockman
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- 70 days ago
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- 70 days ago
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Shaq
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- 71 days ago
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Kobe Bryant
In the Running for '16 USA Olympic Team

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- 71 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- ATL Zoo Names Black Mamba ... After Black Mamba

Kobe Bryant
ATL Zoo Names Black Mamba ... After Black Mamba

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- 72 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Passing The Philly Hoops Torch ... To Mo'ne Davis

Kobe Bryant
Passing The Philly Hoops Torch ... To Mo'ne Davis

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- 73 days ago

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