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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 -- Disneyland Trip ... to Break Up Preseason Rut

Kobe Bryant
Disneyland Trip to Break Up Preseason Rut

Even NBA players must hate preseason basketball, so Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant decided to liven things up a bit and take the wife and kids to Disneyland. Mamba hit up the Happiest… READ MORE >

NFL Star Dwight Freeney -- TEAMS UP WITH KOBE BRYANT ... Kick-Ass Surprise for At-Risk Youth

NFL Star Dwight Freeney
TEAMS UP W/ KOBE Kick-Ass Surprise for At-Risk Youth

This is a VERY COOL moment caught on tape ... when NFL star Dwight Freeney meets up with Kobe Bryant -- and gives a bunch of kids in an after-school program the surprise of their lives!!! It… READ MORE >

- 14 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- TRAINING WITH KANYE ... In O.C. Basketball Gym

Kobe Bryant
TRAINING WITH KANYE In O.C. Basketball Gym

Kobe Bryant teamed up with Kanye West in an Orange County gym Wednesday for a private basketball training session ... TMZ Sports has learned. The two met up at the Open Gym Premier training… READ MORE >

- 20 days ago
Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant -- We Got U.S. Women's Backs ... In FIFA World Cup Turf War

Kobe & Kevin Durant
We Got U.S. Women's Backs In FIFA World Cup Turf War

Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant blasted FIFA over its plan to play the women's World Cup matches on artificial turf -- and they did it with a bloody illustration of how turf tore up U.S. star Sydney… READ MORE >

- 69 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Speaks at Trayvon Martin Event ... I Have 'Responsibility' to Help His Family

Kobe Bryant
Speaks at Trayvon Martin Event I Have 'Responsibility' to Help His Family

Kobe Bryant met with Trayvon Martin's family at a rally in Crenshaw this weekend -- and told the crowd he has a "responsibility" as a celebrity to help Trayvon's parents tell their story. The… READ MORE >

- 94 days ago
Jerry West -- Kobe Bryant's Championship Days ... Are Probably Over!

Jerry West
Kobe's Championship Days Are Probably Over!

Kobe Bryant won't need to clear space in his jewelry box for another NBA championship ring -- because his days of winning titles are likely over ... so says Lakers legend Jerry West. The NBA… READ MORE >

- 98 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- I Go to TMZ Sports ... For ACCURATE Sports Info

Kobe Bryant
I Go to TMZ Sports ... For ACCURATE Sports Info

Kobe Bryant says reports that he played in a pickup basketball game with Carmelo Anthony last week are complete B.S. -- and told the media that if he wants ACCURATE sports news, he reads… READ MORE >

- 104 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Dunking on Vacation ... Kids Not Basketballs

Kobe Bryant
Dunking on Vacation ... Kids Not Basketballs

Kobe Bryant still loves to dunk ... except this time it's not basketballs over defenders, it's adorable tykes into the Agean sea.The NBA star -- still recovering from a season-ending injury… READ MORE >

- 119 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- Just Your Average World Cup Spectator

Kobe Bryant
Just Your Average World Cup Spectator

Self-proclaimed soccer fan Kobe Bryant was spotted in the stands at the Spain vs. Netherlands World Cup match in Brazil today ... taking in the game like every other non-world famous celeb in the… READ MORE >

- 131 days ago
Kobe Bryant -- STEAK DINNER WITH Michael Jordan ... In Bev Hills

Kobe Bryant
STEAK DINNER WITH Michael Jordan ... In Bev Hills

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had a private dinner together in Beverly Hills last night -- eating at one of the fanciest steak joints in town ... TMZ Sports has learned. The Mamba and His Royal… READ MORE >

- 139 days ago

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