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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 23 August 1978Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameKobe Bean Bryant
Nickname The Black Mamba
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He is an actor, known for The Black Mamba (2011), I Am Bruce Lee (2012) and 2004 MTV Movie Awards (2004). He has been married to Vanessa Laine Bryant since April 18, 2001. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Vanessa Laine Bryant (18 April 2001 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (35)

His parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth.
Spent eight years of his childhood in Italy and is fluent in Italian.
Has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya.
His father, Joe Bryant, averaged 8.7 points per game in 606 career games in the NBA.
Was named MVP of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.
Won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Competition.
Graduate with the class of '96 from Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA.
Drafted by the Charlotte Hornets out of high school in 1996, and was traded on Thursday, July 11th, 1996, to the Los Angales Lakers for taller center, Vlade Divac.
NBA All-Star 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Won the 2001 and 2002 Teens Choice Award for favorite male athlete.
Led the Los Angeles Lakers to three NBA titles in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Bryant was the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania schoolboy history with 2,883 points, breaking the marks of Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (2,359 points) and former St. Joseph's player Carlin Warley (2,441 points).
Drafted out of Lower Merion High School as the 13th pick by the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte then traded Bryant's signing rights to the Los Angeles Lakers for center Vlade Divac (26 June 1996).
Made his debut at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game (3 November 1996)
Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S. He was also named Naismith Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year and to the McDonald's All-America Team.
Signs first pro contract. (27 July 1996)
The youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star game. (1998)
Wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, is half-Irish and half-Mexican.
January 19, 2003 welcomed first child daughter Natalia Diamante Bryant. The baby weighed 6lbs 14oz.
His wife changed her name from Vanessa Cornejo Urbieta Laine to Vanessa Marie Bryant (29 May 2002).
Met his wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, during a visit to the set of one of Snoop Dogg's video, where she was working as a model.
Hired criminal defense attorney, Pamela Mackey to defend him against rape charges.
Scored 1,080 on his SATs
The Charlotte Hornets traded him in 1996 to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for center Vlade Divac. Divac who at the time was already in the league for 7 years, has remained a 2nd rate journeyman center in the NBA. Bryant has become a Hall of Fame guard and is often compared to Michael Jordan.
Recorded a song with Tyra Banks called "K.O.B.E." This song was released as a single, but the full album was never released.
Wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant, gave birth to their second child, daughter Gianna Maria-Onore on May 1st, 2006 at 2:30 am, weighing in at 6 lbs, 7 oz.
On 22 January 2006, Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest single-game scoring output by a player in NBA history, second only to Wilt Chamberlain's legendary 100 points on 2 March 1962. Bryant achieved his feat by converting 28 of 46 field goals (including 7 of 13 3-pointers), and making 18 of 20 free throws.
Due in large part to his public feud with his former LA teammate Shaquille O'Neal, a game between the Miami Heat and the LA Lakers has become a recent Christmas Day tradition.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his salary for the year to be $33 million.
Won three NBA championships, was voted league MVP, and won an Olympic gold medal all by the time he was 30 years old. (In fact, the day he and the U.S. Basketball team won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China was his 30th birthday.).
In November 2009, he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time scorers list, putting him in second place behind only Jerry West.
participates in a NBA fund-raising basketball game for hurricane Katrina victims. He also visits Katrina victims in New Orleans, Louisiana [September 2005]
Colorado judge dismisses all rape charges. Kobe writes a letter of apology to accuser and her parents, but admits no wrongdoing. Civil trial still pending. [September 2004]
Finished with preliminary hearing, and is now awaiting trial for rape charges, although he still hasn't made a plea. Still playing basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers. [April 2004]
Brandy Norwood was his date for his High School prom.

Personal Quotes (2)

I look at a boy like Daniel, who truly is a miracle baby, and I thank God that I'm in a position to help make his world a little brighter. But he made my world a little brighter, too. If I was his Christmas present today, than he was mine.
The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fail because they don't have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven't had that fear.

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