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Kobe Bryant

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
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Profession: NBA Guard

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Bryant entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships.

He is a 16-time All-Star.

Born: August 23, 1978
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Age: 41 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Virgo

Married Life

  • 2001-04-18 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

Events in the Life of Kobe Bryant

  • 1996-11-03 Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant becomes the then youngest player to make his NBA debut (18 years, 2 months, 11 days) in 91-85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Great Western Forum
  • 2002-02-10 51st NBA All-Star Game, First Union Centre, Philadelphia, PA: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F
  • 2003-07-04 LA Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant is arrested in Eagle, Colorado for sexual assault, charges eventually dismissed
  • 2004-09-01 Sexual assault charge against LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant is dropped by the Eagle County District Attorney's offices in Colorado after the victim decides not to participate
  • 2006-01-22 Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory over the Toronto Raptors; second-highest game total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (1962)
  • 2007-02-18 56th NBA All-Star Game, Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, NV: West beats East, 153-132; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F
  • 2008-08-24 The star-studded American men's basketball team led by the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul & Kobe Bryant win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a relatively narrow 118-107 win over Spain
  • 2009-02-15 58th NBA All-Star Game, US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ: West beats East, 146-119; MVPs: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F; Shaquille O'Neal, LA Lakers, C
  • 2010-01-21 LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days; beats Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days
  • 2010-04-02 Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million
  • 2011-02-20 60th NBA All-Star Game, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA: West beats East, 148-143; MVP: Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers, F
  • 2015-11-30 NBA star Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers) announces his intention to retire at the end of the season

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