Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant


8/23/1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birth Name

Kobe Bean Bryant



Also Known As

Black Mamba, Kobe
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Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was raised. He graduated with the class of '96 at Lower Merion High School. He was drafted straight out of high school by the Charlotte Hornets and they traded him to the L.A. Lakers where…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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.

    • Kobe and Vanessa married against Kobe's parents wishes. Joe and Pam Bryant felt they were too young to get married. And they didn't attend Kobe's wedding.

    • Kobe signed a three-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers his first year, then averaged 25 points per game for their summer-league team.

    • Kobe's father Joe "Jellybean" Bryant was the L.A Sparks coach 2005-2007

    • Kobe became the fourth player in NBA history to score at least 50 points in three straight games. He followed up his 65 and 50 point games with 60 points in the Lakers' 121-119 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, March 22, 2007.

      He then scored 50 again on Friday, March 23, 2007 against the Hornets, only becoming the second player to ever score 50 points in 4 consecutive games.

      Kobe's fourth 60-point game of his career tied him with Jordan for the second-most 60-point games in a career.

    • On Friday, March 16, 2007, he scored 65 points against the Trail Blazers and on Sunday, March 18, 2007, he scored 50 points against the Timberwolves.

      Kobe became the first Laker to score 50 or more points in back-to-back games since Elgin Baylor in 1962.

      He was awarded Western Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of March 12 to 18, averaging an NBA best 46.7 points per game in guiding the Lakers to a 2-1 record during the week.

    • Kobe was the recipient of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game MVP award with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals, this was his second All-Star Game MVP award.

    • On November 17, 2006 versus the Toronto Raptors, at 28 years and 86 days, Kobe is the youngest player to reach the 17,000 point mark.

    • Kobe Bryant started his own foundation, Vivo del Mondo. Through education, he wants to connect African American and Hispanic students.

    • Kobe Bryant is an active supporter of these foundations: Make-a-Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Hosptial, The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and Plaza de la Raza.

    • Kobe scored the 7th highest single-season point total in NBA history with 2,832 points in the 2005-06 season.

    • He has 14 career triple-doubles, that is double figures in at least 3 categories, points, rebounds, steals, assists or blocks.

    • Kobe has 20 career 50+ point games.

    • Was named to the USA Today All-Time All-USA First Team in 2003.

    • Kobe is one of only four players in NBA history to score 60-plus points in a single game, while playing less than 40 minutes. He scored 62 points in 3 quarters in a game against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2005-06 season.

    • He's one of only three players in NBA history to score 45-plus points in 4 consecutive games.

    • He was the 1995 Adidas ABCD Camp Senior MVP.

    • He was named the Naismith High School Player of the Year in 1996.

    • He's appeared on the cover of the Nintendo 64 games NBA Courtside and NBA Courtside 2. He was on the cover of NBA Courtside 2002, for the Nintendo GameCube and he will appear on the cover of NBA 07 for the PlayStation 2 and PSP.

    • Kobe wore the number 24 on his jersey in his freshamn year at Lower Merion High School, then changed it to #33.

    • Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    • Kobe Bryant appeared in an episode of "Beyond the Glory".

    • When asked about changing his number, Kobe said,"It's time for me to start the second half of my career". He decided changing his number would be effective.

    • Kobe Bryant, after wearing #8 throughout his NBA career will change his number to #24 this season.

    • Kobe Bryant averaged over 35 points per game in the 2005-06 regular season, he broke the Lakers' franchise record of most 40 point games in a regular season and the most points scored in the regular season 2,832 points.

    • (September 2005) participates in a NBA fund-raising basketball game for hurricane Katrina victims. He also visits Katrina victims in New Orleans, Louisiana

    • 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)

    • won the 2001 & 2002 Teens Choice Award for favorite male athlete

    • His all-time favorite movie is "Star Wars".

    • He went to his Senior High School prom with actress, R&B singer, pop singer, songwriter, and record producer Brandy.

    • Kobe Bryant wears #24. He once wore #8 from 1997 to 2006.

    • On Jan. 22, 2006 Kobe scored 81 points in one game. The second best in NBA history and the highest in a game in Laker franchise history passing Elgin Baylor's 71 point game. The Lakers went on to win that game.

    • His rookie year during the All-Star Weekend, he set a record with 31 points in the Rookie Game and won the Slam Dunk Contest—the first Laker ever to do so.

    • Interestingly Kobe's second daughter Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant born on May 1, 2006 was just 6 minutes ahead of former teammate Shaquille O'Neal's daughter Me'arah Sanaa, who was born in Florida.

    • Kobe Bryant teamed with Lisa Leslie of the WNBA's L.A. Sparks in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday.

    • Kobe Bryant became the youngest All-Star in NBA history, posting a team-high 18 points and 6 rebounds, in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in New York.

    • Kobe Bryant totaled 17 points and 4 rebounds, in his only start of the 1997-98 season, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 2/10/98.

    • Kobe Bryant logged 9 double-doubles and led the Lakers in scoring in 11 games in 1999.

    • Kobe Bryant was named to the 1998-99 All-NBA Third Team after leading the Lakers in steals (1.44 spg) and ranking 2nd on the team in scoring (19.9 ppg, 15th in the NBA) and free-throw percentage (.839, 20th).

    • Kobe Bryant netted 15 points as a starter in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.

    • Kobe Bryant hit the game-winning bucket with 2.6 seconds remaining, lifting the Lakers to a 97-96 win over Phoenix on 5/10/00 in game 2 of the series.

    • Kobe Bryant was named the NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 4/16/00, averaging 29.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive First Team and named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview Second Team.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team. He ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game (22.5) and 16th in the NBA in minutes per game (38.2).

    • Kobe Byrant was a member of the 2000 Laker championship team averaging 15.6 ppg and 4.6 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA Second Team.

    • Kobe Bryant was a member of the 2001 Laker championship team averaging 24.6 ppg and 5.8 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

    • Kobe Bryant was a Western Conference starter in his fourth straight All-Star Game.

    • Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2001-2002 All-Defensive Second Team.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg.

    • Kobe Bryant was a member of the 2002 Laker championship team averaging 26.6 ppg and 5.8 apg and in four games in the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets.

    • Kobe Bryant became youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, 3/5/03 vs. Indiana.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2002-03 All-NBA First Team after averaging 30.0 ppg (second in NBA), 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2003-04 All-NBA First Team after averaging 24.0 ppg.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2003-04 All-Defensive First Team.

    • Kobe Bryant was selected to the 2004-05 All-NBA Third Team after averaging 27.6 ppg, 6.0 apg.

    • Kobe Bryant scored 81 points -- second All-Time in NBA History -- against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006.

    • On April 6, 2006, Kobe Bryant will play in his 700th game.

    • Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal got into fights because they both thought they were the best player. To settle the argument, Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat. Kobe was rumored to have "broken up the Lakers" after the 2003-04 season with the result of Phil Jackson retiring briefly and the trade of Shaq to Miami.

    • 18 year old Kobe Bryant was the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, but never played a game there. He was traded to the Lakers.

    • Kobe is 6'7" tall and weighs 220 lbs.

    • Kobe has caused a lot of fans and fellow players to dislike him by being selfish on the court and talking bad about teammates (Shaq in particular).

    • Kobe was voted the #5 in GQ's "Most Hated Athletes" in 2006.

    • Kobe's wife Vanessa is Mexican-American.

    • Kobe is the youngest player to be in NBA history to be in the All Star game.

    • Kobe was a team member of three Lakers championships(2000, 2001, 2002).

    • Kobe moved to Italy because his father wanted a basketball career there after the NBA.

    • Kobe was accused of rape in August of 2003.

    • Kobe has been on the Los Angeles Lakers his entire career, from 1996 to the present.

    • Kobe is 6'7" tall.

    • Kobe won USA Today's "High School Player of the Year" in 1996.

    • Kobe attended Lower Merion High School.

    • Kobe set an NBA record with 12 3-pointers against the Seattle Supersonics on January 7, 2003.

    • Kobe is the youngest NBA player to score 10,000 career points.

    • Kobe has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya.

    • Kobe has two daughter's, Natalia Diamante Bryant, was born on January 19, 2003 and Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, was born on May 1, 2006.

    • Kobe held the record for being the youngest player, at 18 years, 2 months and 11 days, to play in an NBA game, up to the 2005-06 season. His teammate, Andrew Bynum, played in his first NBA game on November 2, 2005 as the youngest at 18 years and 6 days old.

    • Kobe's parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe Bean) that they saw on a menu shortly before his birth.

    • Kobe spent seven years of his childhood in Italy and speaks fluent Italian.

    • Kobe is the son of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Kobe (after the Lakers beat Detroit 103-91 on 11/16/07): When you're not shooting the ball well, you have to lead by example and make the rest of the guys understand that even though you don't shoot the ball well, it doesn't mean you relax on defense. If anything, you pick it up.

    • Kobe (on recent Laker trade rumors): To kind of have this go on now, it's a bit of a distraction, We just wanted to keep things quiet, go about our business. It kind of caught me off guard a little bit. We've just got to get back to basics and just get ready and go from there.

    • Kobe (on the recent comments by Laker owner Jerry Buss): It's my job to play basketball. It's not my job to worry about what management is doing and this, that and the other, I'm just going to get ready and let them do their job.

    • Kobe (on wanting to be traded from the Lakers): I would like to be traded, yeah. Tough as it is to come to that conclusion, there's no other alternative. It's rough, man, but I don't see how you can rebuild that trust. I just don't know how you can move forward in that type of situation.

    • Kobe (on his 9 straight games of 40+ points): It's a rhythm. I can't describe it. It's just an unbelievable rhythm. And it comes from hours of practice. All of a sudden you just see a hole in the defense. You can just get to it. If somebody tries to cut you off, if it's a move that you've been thinking about and been working on for years. All of a sudden you just do it. It's just a rhythm. And YOU dictate the rhythm. Defense doesn't dictate it. Those five guys can't dictate the rhythm that I was gonna play on that particular night, because I felt like I was controlling the whole game. You're not gonna rush me. I'm gonna take my time, and I'm gonna cut you up.

    • Kobe (after winning the 2000-2001 Championship): I was prepared to do whatever. I was going to run and push myself to exhaustion, it didn't matter. Every rebound, every loose ball. And I think my teammates understood that. To us, this was like a life-or-death situation. We just weren't going to lose.

    • Kobe (on the #24): It's the length of one day, one half, one shot clock. This number is my promise to dominate every moment.

    • Kobe: You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last.

    • Kobe (during the 2000-2001 season): All the records would be nice but we're only concerned with playing the team that's on the court with us, not all those teams from history.

    • Kobe: Now people say I've made it, but I haven't come close to being where I want to be. It intrigues me to see how far I can go.

    • Kobe: Curiosity drive me.

    • Kobe (on his rim blocked dunk): Yeah, man that stunk, but sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself. My teammates are still giving me grief about that one.

    • Kobe (referring to his role after knee surgery): Maybe a few years ago, I might have looked at things different. But it's not about me. It's about us.

    • Kobe (about his 81 point game): Everybody's been pretty amazed. I got hundreds of calls congratulating me on the game, saying keep it up.

    • Kobe: Phil and I kind of have an understanding. A lot of things are said without being said. I'm the type of person, I can just move on from something.

    • Kobe: What I'm doing right now, I'm chasing perfection.

    • Kobe (about when Phil Jackson was coming back to coach the Lakers): I'm just right down the middle, man, ... It doesn't matter to me. I'd love him as a coach. It doesn't matter to me. If they want him here, he'll be here. If he wants to come, he'll come, he'll coach and we'll go from there.

    • Kobe: It really doesn't matter to me. We're just talking about clothes. I can understand what the NBA is trying to do. I love my sneakers, but we're just talking about clothes.

    • Kobe: I've pretty much done all I can here and, you know, God will carry me the rest of the way, so I'm pretty comfortable with that.

    • Kobe: A lot of times things get blown out of proportion in a negative light, especially in the NBA. But there are a lot of players in the NBA who really care about the community and want to use their basketball-playing ability for a good cause.

    • Kobe: There's been a lot of talk of me being a "one-man show" but that's simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we've won when I score 10.

    • Kobe: I had some shots that I felt like I should've made; I just didn't make them. I'm not going to shoot the ball great every night.

    • Kobe: I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.

    • Kobe: Sometimes I do wonder what college would have been like. But I made my decision.

    • Kobe: My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.

    • Kobe: I'm playing against great players, playing against the best in the world. The competition - that's what I've always wanted.

    • Kobe: I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.

    • Kobe: As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don't know. I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.

    • When told "Raja Bell said that both of his jaws are swollen" Kobe: What? He said that? Look I don't know this kid and I don't want to know this kid. Maybe his Jaw is made of glass or maybe he wasn't hugged enough as a kid.