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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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Metta World Peace -- Kobe Won't Call Roy Hibbert ... Until He Proves Himself

Metta World Peace
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Kobe Bryant is NOT the Lakers welcoming committee -- and won't call new teammates like Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams until they EARN a phone call ... so says Metta… READ MORE >

New Lakers -- Kobe Who?? (VIDEO)

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- 14 days ago
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Kobe Bryant's
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- 20 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Huge Props to Caitlyn Jenner ... Clowns TMZ Photog

Kobe Bryant
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- 22 days ago
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James Harden
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- 35 days ago
Brian Shaw to Lakers Rookie -- 'Bow Down' to Kobe ... Over 'Rapist' Tweet

Brian Shaw to Lakers Rookie:
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How should newly drafted Lakers rookie Larry Nance Jr. deal with the fact he called Kobe Bryant a "rapist" on Twitter back in 2012??  He might need to "bow down"… READ MORE >

- 40 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- BALLER MOVIE NIGHT ... Buys Entire Section of Theater In Costa Rica

Kobe Bryant
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Kobe Bryant wanted to make sure he could stretch all the way out during a screening of the movie "Inside Out" this week -- so he bought out an ENTIRE section of the theater ... TMZ Sports has… READ MORE >

- 41 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- One More Ride ... Done with Lakers After Next Season

Kobe Bryant
One More Ride ... Done with Lakers After Next Season

Kobe Bryant's on his last leg -- the upcoming season will be his last in the purple and gold ... according to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Kupchak was on SiriusXM… READ MORE >

- 75 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- My Family Supports Hope Solo ... Go USA Soccer!

Kobe Bryant
My Fam Supports Hope Solo ... Go USA Soccer!

Hope Solo is still a role model ... and she's got some very powerful supporters -- Kobe Bryant ... who took his two little girls to meet Hope and the rest of the US Women's soccer team. … READ MORE >

- 79 days ago
Dwight Howard -- Heckled With 'Kobe' Taunt ... After Playoff Ejection (Video)

Dwight Howard
Heckled With 'Kobe' Taunt ... After Playoff Ejection

Kobe Bryant continues to haunt Dwight Howard ... at least judging by video of a heckler who used The Mamba to taunt D12 after he was ejected from a playoff game ...… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago

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