Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

When you are known by a single name in the NBA, you know you are a star. Kobe is a 5x NBA champion, the 2008 league MVP, a 15x all-star and holds countless season and career scoring records. Most place him directly behind Jordan on the list of greatest shooting guards of all-time. Well into his 30s, Kobe continues to score and compete at a high level, making the Los Angeles Lakers a yearly playoff threat.

About 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.

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