Kobe Bryant

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Quotes (37)

  • Kobe (on winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award): I didn't expect this award would come to me. I'm surprised. I've played pretty well in other seasons. Our team hasn't been as good. Things just fell into place.

  • Kobe (on winning the NBA's Most Valuable Player award): This is an award I couldn't have won on my own. I can't thank these guys (his teammates) enough. These are my guys, these are my brothers.

  • Kobe (On his reaction to hearing Bulls' fans chant his name): A couple of my friends played against the Bulls when that took place, called me after they played them and said they heard something that was just the craziest thing they had ever seen. I was shocked by it.

  • Kobe (On his team's performance after defeating the Bulls on 12/18/07): Everybody's contributing and playing well, it makes the game fun.

  • Kobe (During a Slam magazine interview by Lang Whitaker on the USA Basketball Team): Playing for the team I play on, I don't really get spot-up jumpers; I'm working off the move. With USA Basketball, one thing that has always been a challenge for us is shooting, because teams give us outside shots and all of us are not accustomed to being so damn wide open. So I made it a point to get in the gym and shoot spot up shots and catch-and-shoot shots.

  • Kobe (After a 107-94 lost to the Boston Celtics on 11/23/07): Since I've been in the league, they've [stunk], now they're kicking our butts. Hopefully, we will get to the point where there's some parity between us and them. It means we're competing on a championship level.

  • Kobe (After scoring only 20 points against the Detroit Pistons): I can force the issue and go off for 40 or 50, but that's not beneficial to the team. You've just got to stick to the flow of the game, I had some easy shots, they just didn't fall for me.

  • Kobe (Thoughts on Chauncey Billups, who sat out for the Lakers/Pistons game on 11/16/07): Billups is a big body and he's the floor general. He's really a coach on the floor, and he gives then a great post-up threat, particularly against the small lineup we have, so when we face them again and he's in there, it'll pose a different challenge.

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Trivia (88)

  • Kobe Bryant won B.E.T.'s 2008 Male Athlete of the Year Award.

  • On May 7, 2008, Kobe became the fourth player in Laker history to receive the MVP award after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Shaquille O'Neal.

  • Kobe won the 2007-08 NBA's Most Valuable Player award, after finishing the regular season with 28.3 PPG, 6.3 Reb and 5.4 assists. This was his first MVP award.

  • Kobe and the Lakers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on 4/15/08 vs. the Sacramento Kings in a 124-101 win and had home-court advantage during the 2008 playoffs.

  • Kobe Bryant handed out five assists vs. Sacramento Kings 4/15/08 to go over 4,000 assists for his career. The 12-year veteran is the 16th player in NBA history with over 21,000 points and 4,000 helpers.

  • On 12/23/07, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points as the Lakers won 95-90 over the Knicks. He scored 39 points.

  • Kobe was listed at #23 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

  • Kobe was 21 when he met 17 year old Vanessa, his current wife.

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