Kobe Bryant was a professional basketball player from the United States who was born on August 23, 1978, and died on January 26, 2020.
He spent his whole 20-year career as a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Many see him as one of the greatest basketball players and scorers of all time.
Early life and Education
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant.
His father was a professional basketball player who played in both the NBA and internationally.
Kobe spent much of his childhood in Italy, where his father played professional basketball.
Kobe returned to America and enrolled in Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
He was a standout basketball player in high school, leading his team to a state championship in his junior year and winning the Naismith High School Player of the Year award in his senior year.
Kobe Bryant’s professional basketball career lasted two decades, from 1996 to 2016.
He spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he received numerous awards.
Bryant was well-known for his exceptional scoring ability, which was sometimes compared to Michael Jordan, as well as his competitive drive on the court.
He holds several NBA records, including the second-highest single-game scoring total in NBA history of 81 points in 2006.
Outside of basketball, Bryant was involved in a number of commercial ventures, including his own production company, Granity Studios, which produced the Academy Award-winning animated short film “Dear Basketball.”
Kobe Bryant’s personal life has been defined by his devotion to his family and his love of basketball.
He married Vanessa Laine in 2001, and the couple has four daughters: Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri.
Bryant was a vocal advocate of women’s basketball, and he coached his daughter Gianna’s youth team.
Bryant and his daughter Gianna were killed, along with seven other individuals, in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
Despite experiencing personal difficulties early in his career, including being accused of sexual assault in 2003, Bryant was known for his philanthropy and commitment to various humanitarian groups (the accusations were eventually dropped).