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Kobe Bryant  (born August 23,1978) is the current captain, and starting shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers. 


He rose to national prominence as he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of highschool, drawing comparisons to NBA legend Michael Jordan. From 2000 to 2002, the dynamic duo of Shaquille  O'Neal and Bryant completed a three peat, winning three NBA championships. However, issues between them worsened the team. O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat prior to the 2004-2005 NBA Season Bryant and coach Phil Jackson have been leading the Lakers since.

In 2003 Bryant made headlines when he was accused of rape. The charges were eventually dropped after Bryant's accuser declined to testify.



Early lifeEdit

Kobe Bryant is the youngest child and only son of Joe and Pam Bryant (they also have two daughters, Shaya and Sharia). His parents named him after the famous beed of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.

When Bryant was six his father left the NBA and started playing professional basketball in Italy, where the whole family moved. Bryant acclimated to the lifestyle there and became fluent in Italian. At an early age, he learned to play soccer. He has said that if he had stayed in Italy, he would have tried to become a professional soccer player, and that his favorite team was AC Milan. At the age of 7, Bryant got his first leather basketball and it became his constant companion. He even slept with it.

In 1991, the Bryants moved back to USA. A spectacular high school career at Lower Merion High School in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion brought Bryant national recognition. While his SAT score of 1080 would have ensured his basketball scholarship to various top-tier colleges, the 17-year-old Bryant made the controversial decision to go directly to the NBA.

Career statsEdit

Season    Age    PTS  REB  AST STL BLK

1996-1997    18       7.6    1.9     1.3   0.7   0.3

1997-1998    19       15.4   3.1    2.5   0.9   0.5 

1998-1999    20       19.9   5.3    3.8   1.4   1.0

1999-2000    21       22.5   6.3    4.9   1.6   0.9 

2000-2001    22       28.5   5.9    5.0   1.7   0.6

2001-2002    23       25.2   5.5    5.5   1.5   0.4

2002-2003    24       30.0   6.9    5.9   2.2   0.8

2003-2004    25       24.0   5.5    5.1   1.7   0.4

2004-2005    26       27.6   5.9    6.0   1.3   0.8

2005-2006    27       35.4   5.3    4.5   1.8   0.4

2006-2007    28       31.6   5.7    5.4   1.4   0.5 

2007-2008    29       28.3   6.3    5.4   1.8   0.5

2008-2009    30       26.8   5.2    4.9   1.5   0.5

2009-2010    31       27.0   5.4    5.0   1.5   0.3

2010-2011    32       25.3   5.1    4.7   1.2   0.1

2011-2012    33       27.9   5.4    4.6   1.2   0.3

2012-2013    34       27.3   5.6    6.0   1.4   0.3

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