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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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Marlon Wayans -- Kobe Bryant Changed the Game ... for Adulterers

Marlon Wayans
Kobe Changed the Game ... for Adulterers

The $4 MILLION apology ring Kobe Bryant gave to Vanessa screwed things up for cheaters everywhere ... so says Marlon Wayans who says Kobe set the price of forgiveness way too damn… READ MORE >

Kobe Bryant -- Throws Djab at Nick Young ... Ya Look Like Django

Kobe Bryant
Throws Djab at Nick Young Ya Look Like Django

The Lakers couldn't catch a break last night ... 'cause even before they were blown out by the Clippers, Kobe Bryant was taking shots at Nick Young ... for dressing like "Django."At least Django… READ MORE >

- 167 days ago
'Black Mamba' -- Star Athlete Getting Trademark ... And It Ain't Kobe Bryant

'Black Mamba'
Star Athlete Getting Trademark And It Ain't Kobe

There's a major sports star who's trying to get  the rights to call himself the "Black Mamba" -- only it's not Kobe Bryant, it's Floyd Mayweather's uncle ... who's been using the… READ MORE >

- 169 days ago
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 >

- 171 days ago
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 >

- 178 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 >

- 188 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 >

- 212 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 >

- 215 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 >

- 216 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 >

- 220 days ago

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