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Kobe Bryant

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Aug 23, 1978
6-6 /  198 cm
220  lbs. / 99,8  kg.

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Kobe Bryant is the kind of young athlete that everyone knew was going to be a superstar one day. And if you had any doubts, Kobe sure didn't. He had his destiny to stardom planned out a long time ago.

For a while, the Los Angeles Laker seemed to be another draft bust, after causing a storm of controversy when he chose to forgo college to turn pro. He was then drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets who then shipped him to Los Angeles for Vlade Divac, where the Kobe hype and expectation levels only rose more

Kobe Bryant was born August 23rd, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The son of famed NBA star Joe "Jellybean" Bryant (of 76ers, Clippers and Rockets fame), Kobe has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya. If his given name sounds familiar, it may be because he was named after a type of steak, which was seen on a menu before his birth.

With the power to dunk, shoot and dribble in his genes, Bryant attended Lower Merion High School, after having spent a part of his childhood in Italy. While in high school, Bryant proved to be a star player on the courts, and earned enough honors and triumphs to make up for his lack of college basketball experience.

The senior voted USA Today and Parade magazine's National High School Player of the Year not only led his team to Class AAAA state title, but he also broke records along the way. With an average of 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, 3.8 blocked shots per game, and a total of 2,883 points, Bryant became the leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania history -- beating out previous records set by NBA great Wilt Chamberlain and Carlin Warley.

A four-year starter, Bryant was recognized for his innate basketball skills by being named Naismith Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year, and became a McDonald's All-America Team member.

Going straight from high school to professional basketball (the only Los Angeles player to have bypassed college), Bryant was picked 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft.

The Hornets then traded Bryant to the Lakers, in exchange for center Vlade Divac. As the youngest NBA player to ever debut in the league at the time (at 18 years old), Bryant set a new record at the 1997 Rookie Game, with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Bryant also slam-dunked his way during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend, by winning the Slam Dunk Championship.

During the 1998 All-Star Game, Bryant was voted a starter, making him another history-making player, as the youngest All-Star player in the NBA. During his third season, Bryant averaged almost 20 points per game, underscoring his reputation as one of the team's -- and even the league's -- most electrifying, all-around players (we'll leave the slam-dunk honors to Vince Carter).

As an all-around player, Bryant was the only player of his team to start all 50 games of the 1998-1999 season.

The LA Lakers may have won the 2000, 2001 and 2002 NBA Finals thanks to a team effort, but it's clear that Bryant stands in the tall shadows of the Lakers' star player, Shaq.

Donning a #8 on his jersey, Bryant leads in almost every statistical category of his team, and it's more than likely that the Lakers' second star player will soon reach the top of his game, making history along the way.

 

Career Highlights
  • Scored 81 points -- second All-Time in NBA History -- against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006
  • Selected to the 2004-05 All-NBA Third Team after averaging 27.6 ppg, 6.0 apg
  • Selected to the 2003-04 All-Defensive First Team
  • Selected to the 2003-04 All-NBA First Team after averaging 24.0 ppg
  • Selected to the 2002-03 All-NBA First Team after averaging 30.0 ppg (second in NBA), 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg
  • Selected to the 2002-03 All-Defensive First Team
  • Became youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, 3/5/03 vs. Indiana
  • 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
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-Defensive Second Team
  • Was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
  • Western Conference starter in his fourth straight All-Star Game
  • 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
  • Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA Second Team
  • 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
  • Selected to the 1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team
  • Ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game (22.5) and 16th in the NBA in minutes per game (38.2)
  • Selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive First Team and named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview Second Team
  • 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
  • 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
  • Posted a career-high 40 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 8 assists against the Sacramento Kings on 3/12/00
  • Netted 15 points as a starter in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game
  • 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)
  • Logged 9 double-doubles and led the Lakers in scoring in 11 games in 1999
  • Scored 33 of his career-high 38 points (15-24 FG) in the 2nd half, adding 4 assists and 3 rebounds, in a 113-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on 3/21/99
  • Posted 26 points and career-highs of 13 rebounds and 9 assists against the Denver Nuggets on 2/22/99
  • Totaled 17 points and 4 rebounds, in his only start of the 1997-98 season, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 2/10/98
  • 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
  • Teamed with Lisa Leslie of the WNBA's L.A. Sparks in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday
  • @@Scored a career-high 33 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers, and grabbed 3 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 12/17/97
  • Has appeared in 20 career NBA Playoff games, averaging 8.5 ppg in 17.7 mpg
  • Named to the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 7.6 ppg and 15.5 mpg in 71 games
  • Won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland and participated in the Schick Rookie Game, posting a rookie game-record 31 points and 8 rebounds
  • Made his first career start, scoring 12 points, against the Dallas Mavericks on 1/28/97
  • Made his NBA debut at the age of 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, became the youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on 11/3/96
  • Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S.
Career Stats

G FG% 3PFG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PF PPG
61 .445 .351 .850 5.4 4.6 1.77 0.39 2.9 35.2

Career Ranking
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Points Per Game(35.2)
 Ranks #9 in the NBA in Steals Per Game(1.77)
 Ranks #5 in the NBA in Minutes Played(2490.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Field Goal Attempts(1638.0)
 Ranks #3 in the NBA in Three-Point Field Goal Attempts(388.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Free Throw Attempts(654.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Points(2150.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Field-Goal Attempts Per 48 Minutes(31.58)
 Ranks #2 in the NBA in Free Throw Attempts Per 48 Minutes(12.61)
 Ranks #10 in the NBA in Total Turnovers(187.0)
 Ranks #6 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking(27.8)
 Ranks #11 in the NBA in Turnovers Per Game(3.07)
 Ranks #18 in the NBA in Free-Throw Percentage(0.85)
 Ranks #6 in the NBA in Minutes Per Game(40.8)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Field Goals Made(729.0)
 Ranks #7 in the NBA in Three-Point Field Goals Made(136.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Free Throws(556.0)
 Ranks #8 in the NBA in Steals(108.0)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Field Goals Per 48 Minutes(14.05)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Free Throws Per 48 Minutes(10.72)
 Ranks #1 in the NBA in Points Per 48 Minutes(41.4)
 Ranks #5 in the NBA in Total Efficiency Points(1696.0)
 Ranks #6 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking Per 48 Minutes(32.69)

Career Transactions
Selected out of high school by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft....Draft rights traded by the Hornets to the L.A. Lakers for Vlade Divac on 7/11/96.

 Season Highs / Career Highs
  2005-06 HIGHS CAREER HIGHS
 Points 81 vs. Toronto 01/22/06 81 vs. Toronto 01/22/06
 Field Goals Made 28 vs. Toronto 01/22/06 28 vs. Toronto 01/22/06
 Field Goals Attempted 46 vs. Toronto 01/22/06 47 @ Boston 11/07/02
 3 Point Field Goals Made 7 3 Times 12 vs. Seattle 01/07/03
 3 Point Field Goal Attempts 15 @ L.A. Clippers 01/07/06 18 vs. Seattle 01/07/03
 Free Throws Made 23 @ New York 01/31/06 23 2 Times
 Free Throws Attempted 26 @ New York 01/31/06 26 2 Times
 Offensive Rebounds 4 @ NO/Okla. City 03/08/06 8 @ Dallas 04/18/00
 Defensive Rebounds 10 vs. Philadelphia 01/06/06 13 vs. Seattle 01/17/00
 Total Rebounds 10 2 Times 15 2 Times
 Assists 10 vs. Sacramento 02/23/06 15 vs. Washington 02/12/02
 Steals 7 vs. Utah 02/13/06 7 vs. Utah 02/13/06
 Blocks 2 3 Times 5 3 Times
 Minutes Played 50 vs. New Jersey 11/27/05 54 vs. Houston 02/18/03

Lakers Players News

Bryant makes his NBA MVP case as Lakers rip Wizards (AFP via Yahoo! News) Kobe Bryant could not match the 60-point performance that Washington's Gilbert Arenas inflicted on Los Angeles earlier this season, but he earned the Lakers a season split against the Wizards.

Bryant nets 39, Arenas 37 as Lakers down Wizards in Washington (USA Today) Kobe got even with Gil. Two of the NBA's riveting stars spent Saturday night trying to outdo each other, point for point, flashy move for flashy move, their last meeting seven weeks ago very much on their minds. The much anticipated Round 2 went to Kobe Bryant, who scored 39 points to lead the Lakers over Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards.

Bryant puts Arenas in shade as Lakers sink Wizards (Reuters via Yahoo! News) Kobe Bryant scored 39 points to overshadow Gilbert Arenas in a showdown between two of the NBA's top scorers as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Washington Wizards 118-102 on Saturday.

Coach Jackson conducts D.C. landmark tour for Lakers (Sports Illustrated) A funny thing happened to the Los Angeles Lakers on the way to their Saturday morning shootaround. They took a tour of the nation's capital instead.

Bryant Outduels Arenas as Lakers Win (NBA.com) The much anticipated Round 2 went to Kobe Bryant, who scored 39 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, 118-102.

Lakers win battle of high-scoring stars (Fox Sports) Kobe got even with Gil. Two of the NBA's riveting stars spent Saturday night trying to outdo each other, point for point, flashy move for flashy move, their last meeting seven weeks ago very much on their minds. The much anticipated Round 2 went to Kobe Bryant, who scored 39 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, 118-102.

Kobe outduels Arenas as Lakers top Wizards (MSNBC) Two of the NBA’s riveting stars spent Saturday night trying to outdo each other, point for point, flashy move for flashy move, their last meeting seven weeks ago very much on their minds. The much anticipated Round 2 went to Kobe Bryant, who scored 39 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Gilbert Arenas and the Washington Wizards, 118-102.

NBA: Lakers tour nation's capital (The Salt Lake Tribune) A funny thing happened to the Los Angeles Lakers on the way to their Saturday morning shootaround. They took a tour of the nation's capital instead. Sleepy-eyed from a 3 a.m. arrival as they prepared for their fourth game in five nights, the players and coaches clambered on the team bus expecting to head to practice. Instead, they got a 45-minute sightseeing trip. Coach Phil Jackson ...

Lakers claim OC crown (The Springfield News-Leader) After capturing their initial first-place match, it was all smooth sailing for the Camdenton Lakers.

Jackson surprises Lakers with D.C. bus tour in lieu of practice (SportingNews.com) WASHINGTON -- A funny thing happened to the Los Angeles Lakers on the way to their Saturday morning ...

 
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