Kobe Bryant is among the best and legendary basketball players these days. He needs no introduction and he is called for his glorious achievements throughout his career in basketball. Kobe Bryant is the 5-time winner of the NBA Championship in 2000-2002 and 2009-2010. He name was introduced in 2009 and 2010 in NBA Finals MVP two times. He achieved the title of Most Valuable Player NBA in 2008. He was the major part of NBA All-Star squad for recorded 16 times in the year 1998 and from 2000 to 2014. He became the part of NBA All-Defensive team for 9 times in three spells in 2000, from 2003 to 2004, and from 2006 to 2011. He is all set to top the position in NBA history in all-time point scorers with his 30000 points and listed among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world.
In his career of high school basketball, Kobe achieved national recognition for the first time at Lower Merion High School, Philadelphia. He was titled as the Player of the Year in Pennsylvania on his high school career with significant average of 10.4 rebounds, 31.1 points and 5.2 assists in each game. Then he grabbed the eyes of several well-known college recruiters like Villanova, Duke, North Carolina and Michigan with his significant performances.
Full Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Date of Birth: 23th Dec 78
Marital status: Married
Occupation: Basketball player, Athlete
Net Worth: $300 Million
Height: 6′ 5″ (1.98 m)
Source of Income: Basketball, Endorsements
Hobbies: swimming, soccer
Kobe Bryant has attained various awards in his basketball career. He was titled All-USA First Team Player of USA Today, Player of the Year in Naismith High School, Gatorade Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year, and All-American player in McDonald’s because of his splendid performance. Greg Downer, his varsity basketball coach, stated that he is an all-in-one basketball player who dominates. He went into the NBA directly when he was 17 and became a NBA high school draftee. At that time, he got the crowd and media attention with his performance. He also secured 1080 of SAT score with which he got admission in his desired college.
He suffered hectic start of his international career. His off-season marriage led him to refuse playing in 2000 summer Olympics and he withdrew from FIBA World Championship 2002. He again withdrew his name from the FIBA Americas Championship in 2003 because of surgeries. But he is still a richest sportsman in the world.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the birthplace of the basketball superstar, Kobe Bryant. He was born on 23th December, 1978 to Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He is the only son and youngest of three children. He is the maternal nephew of John ‘Chubby’ Cox, the former NBA Player of Chicago Bulls. His parents saw a menu and found an interesting name of a Japanese beef “Kobe Beef” and inspired so much that they named him “Kobe”. His middle name “Bean” is influenced from “Jellybean” (his father’s pet name). His family moved to Reiti, Italy when Kobe was only 6 years old.