Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers. Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, and ranks third on both the league’s all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists.
Kobe Bean Bryant was born in 1978 and raised in Philadelphia. He is of African American and Native American descent. He attended Lower Merion High School. Kobe was a very good high school basketball player. In fact, he was so good that he got a spot on ESPN Sports Center’s top 10 plays for an incredible dunk he made in a game his senior year of high school. The 6’6 tall forward accepted a scholarship to play at University of Pennsylvania in 1996 where his father had played college basketball as well. As part of Penn’s team, Kobe averaged 11 points per game during his freshman year and 18 points per game during his sophomore year where he also helped lead his team to first place in their conference that season .
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Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player, who played his entire 20-year career with Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered NBA directly from high school and played for Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe spent his first 7 seasons in NBA, before being traded to Lakers on 1 July in exchange for Glen Rice, Žan Tabak, a future first round draft pick and cash considerations. In 2003 after unsuccessful tryout with New Jersey Nets , he opted to sign a long-term contract extension with Los Angeles Lakers. With successful 3-peat championships won in 2000, 2001 and 2002 season under coach Phil Jackson, Kobe was awarded as NBA Finals MVP all three times.
1996–2016 (20 seasons) Kobe Bean Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire 20-year career with Los Angeles Lakers of National Basketball Association (NBA). His nicknames are The Black Mamba and Vino. He began playing basketball when he was three years old. By age 14, he had grown to 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and was being sought after by several colleges. He was selected 13th overall by Charlotte Hornets in 1996 NBA Draft but his draft rights were traded to Lakers for center Vlade Divac in a three-team trade with Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers on July 12, 1996.
National team career
As of today (May 6, 2018), Kobe Bryant is retired from professional basketball. He has played for Los Angeles Lakers, a team of National Basketball Association (NBA). At his peak, he was among one of top players in NBA. His first jersey number with Los Angeles Lakers was 8, which is on his back during matches between 1996 and 2003. But in 2004 to 2006 seasons, Kobe switched his jersey number to 24. At that time 24 has been retired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who’s another top player in history and earned more than 1 million dollars per season.
Retirement from professional basketball
On April 13, 2016, Bryant announced that he would retire at season’s end. His last game was on April 13, 2016, against the Utah Jazz. Bryant did not play during several games late in the season because of injuries. In his final game, he scored only six points on 2-of-13 shooting from field goals and 0-of-5 from three point range in a 101–96 win over the Utah Jazz to bring his career scoring average to 25.4 points per game. The Black Mamba will be missed for years to come!
Net Worth 2021
$180 Million (Approximately)
Last Updated on January 1, 2022
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