Kobe Bryant was an American Professional basketball player who was the leading icon of Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bean Bryant started his National Basketball Association (NBA) career right after his high school, where he made his name playing as shooting guard for the team. Bryant won five NBA championships for Los Angeles Lakers played under jersey number 8 and 24. Bryant was also well known in the field of sports as Black Mamba, KB24, Vino, Showboat, Little Flying Warrior and The Eighth Man. Kobe Bean Bryant lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
Kobe Bean Bryant- Name, Spouse, Height, Team
Full name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Spouse: Vanessa Laine Bryant
Height: 6 ft 6 inches (1.98m)
Weight: 212 lb (96kg)
NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Position: Shooting Gaurd
Jersey Number: 8, 24
Early Life of Kobe Bean Bryant
Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on August 23, 1978. Bryant was the son of a former professional basketball player, Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, who devotes eight seasons to NBA and eight more playing basketball in Italy after retirement from NBA. When they returned to United States, Bryant started playing basketball at Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, Pennsylvania) where he broke southeastern Pennsylvania scoring record. Considering himself eligible, Bryant decided to go for National Basketball Association to make his basketball career, right after graduating from high school.
NBA Career of Kobe Bryant
When did Bryant Start his NBA career?
Kobe Bryant officially joins NBA in 1996, when he was chosen by Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft. But later on, he was transferred to Los Angeles Lakers where he actually became the rising star of the team. And titled as the youngest All-Star player in the history of NBA at the age of 19. Throughout his career, he was selected 17 times to be a part of the All-Star teams.
Centre-Guard with NBA Superstar
Bryant teamed up with the basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal where both players devoted to earning a name for their team under the supervision of coach Phil Jackson in 1999. Improvising himself under coach Phil’s training, Bryant became a superior shooting guard in the league. Playing as a shooting guard alongside center Shaquille O’Neal, they both delivered an outstanding performance together making an amazing center-guard. Rising to the elite class of NBA, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal won three consecutive championships (2000,2001,2002) for Los Angeles Lakers. He made his first remarkable impression on paper in his play against the Toronto Raptors, where he scored 81 points which still stands as the second-highest-single game score to date.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
His uprise in the NBA continued with the years. In 2008, he was crowned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the year, despite the loss his team faced from the Boston Celtics in the finals. The following two years, however, he strived with his team and secured the finals against the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics, making them the two-year reigning champions.
Bryant also played for the U.S. Olympic team in 2008 & 2012, where he won a gold medal for each of his performances in the consecutive years.
Kobe’s high-time on the court was short-lived as he suffered a torn achilleas tendon while training in April 2013. Despite striving to overcome the injury and continuing his career, Bryant ended up injuring his knee resulting the end of his 2015 season. In November 2015, he made his retirement official by stating, “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”
April 13th, 2016 was the day Bryant performs for the last time in court for the Lakers in the NBA. He stated in his post-game interview, “I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. This is absolutely crazy… we’ve been through our ups and downs- but I think the most important part is that we all stayed together throughout. “
A tremendous number of NBA stars and fans including Shaq’ O’Neil, Lebron James, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Lamar Odom paid tribute to the legacy that Kobe had established with his inspiring career and retirement.
Lifestyle & Net-worth
According to Forbes magazine, Kobe Bryant was one of the richest athletes ever with an estimated net-worth of 770-million$ USD. His first NBA contract was his transfer from the Hornets to the Lakers for 3 years and a 3.5$ million cheque. He earned over 328$ million only through a salary from the Laker games. Other than that, Kobe was also sponsored by some of the biggest brands & companies which brought in a decent amount of cash. In his initial years, Adidas was the main brand that sponsored him. But as his career excelled, many other famous brands including Nike, Sprite, McDonald’s, Turkish Airlines Lenovo, Hublot, and Panini offered him their official sponsorship.
In March 2014, Kobe invested 6-million$ in body armor. The company later generated around 400-million$ which made Kobe a profit of around 200-million$. He also made some cash from the animated Disney short-film, “Dear Basketball” which depicted his NBA legacy.
Collection of Kobe Bryant Exotic Cars
Kobe owned a huge collection of exotic cars which included:
- Lamborghini Murcielago
- Lamborghini Aventador
- Ferrari F430
- Bentley Continental GT
- Ferrari 458 Italia
- 1963 Chevy Impala
- 1967 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible Lakers Edition.
Kobe Bryant was the owner of a trio of mansions which were worth a whopping $18.8 million in combined value as of 2012, according to Forbes. It’s not surprising for wealthy athletes to own impressive homes in different hot spots around the world, but Bryant’s three houses were all located in Newport Beach, Calif., which Business Insider points out was “a lengthy drive from his former place of work at the Staples Center.”
According to The Orange County Register, Bryant pays $9.45 million for one of his homes, which is located in a “guard-gated community” and sits on a “one-acre property with sweeping coastline views.” The Santa Barbara-style residence was reportedly about 14,500-square-feet and included six bedrooms and 11 bathrooms over a three-story space. It also boasted a pool, a five-car garage, and a “building permit [had been] issued for … a two-level sport court.”
Wife and Kids
Kobe tied the knot with Vanessa Laine on April 18th 2001 in California. They knew each other from being on the same set where a dance video was being shot for a song. They were head over heels and engaged in six months span of meeting each other. Bryant’s parents did not attend the wedding because at the time they didn’t approve of their relationship.
They welcomed their first child, Natalia Diamante Bryant, on January 19th, 2003, their second child, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, on May 1st, 2006. They eventually had a total of four children, all daughters. Their other daughter’s names are Bianka and Capri.
Kobe Bryant lost his life at the age of 41, along with his daughter’s, in a tragic helicopter accident on January 26, 2020, Sunday. The helicopter carrying more than nine people including the NBA superstar Bryant. His13 years old daughter Gianna, in Calabasas, California, situated around 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. According to CNN reports the helicopter was at 2,300 feet in the air when it lost communication Sunday morning with air traffic control. The helicopter dropped the speed of 2000 miles a minute before it hit the hillside. Kobe Bryant’s family request privacy of death reports and they say that inaccurate reports are only causing more pain to them and Bryant’s loved ones. NBA is allowing a Net’s player to give up on No.8 jersey to pay respect to the heartbreaking and devastating death of Kobe Bryant.