Bryant, Kobe

Bryant, Kobe

(kō`bē brī`ənt), 1978–, American basketball player, b. Philadelphia. The son of former professional basketball player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, he was a high school star, turned pro at 17, and debuted with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association in 1996. A Lakers superstar in the 2000s, the agile and aggressive 6-ft 6-in. (198-cm) guard was a consistent high scorer from the court and free-throw line, ultimately becoming the third highest scorer in his two decades in the NBA. In a game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 Bryant scored 81 points, second only to Wilt ChamberlainChamberlain, Wilt
(Wilton Norman Chamberlain), 1936–99, American basketball player, b. Philadelphia. At the Univ. of Kansas he was a two-time All-American center. During 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association, "Wilt the Stilt" (over 7 ft 1 in.
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's 100-point game. In 2009 and 2010, having already played on three Lakers championship teams (2000–2002), he led the team to two more NBA championships and was named finals MVP both years. Bryant also was a member of the 2008 and 2012 gold-medal U.S. Olympic men's basketball teams. His career was marred by a 2003 sexual assault charge (which, though dropped, led to an out-of-court settlement) and public squabbles at times with former teammate Shaquille O'NealO'Neal, Shaquille
(Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal) , 1972–, American basketball player, b. Newark, N.J. Joining the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1992, he was the 1993 NBA rookie of the year.
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 and Coach Phil JacksonJackson, Phil
(Philip Douglas Jackson), 1945–, American basketball player and coach, b. Deer Lodge, Mont. Jackson was an All-American at the Univ. of North Dakota.
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.

Bibliography

See biography by R. Lazenby (2001).

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