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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
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Rick Fox -- Retire BOTH Of Kobe's Numbers ... He Deserves It (VIDEO)

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- 70 days ago
Metta World Peace -- Kobe Could Be an NBA Coach Next Season

Metta World Peace
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Kobe Bryant Announces Retirement ... I'm Ready to Let Go

Kobe Bryant
Announces Retirement I'm Ready to Let Go

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- 70 days ago
Kenyon Martin -- Master P Is Wrong ... Kobe Would Crush You!

Kenyon Martin
Master P Is Wrong Kobe Would Destroy You!

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- 74 days ago
Master P -- I CAN BEAT KOBE ... In 1-On-1

Master P
I CAN BEAT KOBE ... In 1-On-1

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Paris Train Heroes Honored By Lakers ... High Fives from Kobe!

Paris Train Heroes
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