Kobe Bryant Biography

Published On May 03, 2016
Facts of Kobe Bryant
Date of Birth: 1978 , August-23
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 6 Inch
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In November 1999, while Venessa was dancing as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up", Kobe was also working on that building on his debut musical album. They met each other for the first time there. After their first meeting they began their romantic love affairs. They dated each other as a boyfriend and girlfriend for several months and finally in May 2000, they announced they got engaged. They got bonded as a loving spouse on 18th of April 2001 and their wedding ceremony was held at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church. Kobe's nationality is American. He is now aged 37 years old and his height is six feet and six inches tall.

Kobe's father Joe Bryant is also a retired American professional basketball player. He was his inspiration in basketball. Kobe has been playing basketball since he was three years old. When he was just six years old, his father began playing in Rieti in Italy. He also moved with his parents in Italy. During his summer vacation, he used to move back to United States and play in a basketball summer league. Finally in 1991, his family moved back to United States and then he joined Lower Merion High School. He gained massive popularity and fame while he was in Lower Merion High School and also a national recognition at a young age. He completed his high school graduation in 1996 and he also scored 1080 in his SAT but he chose NBA instead of his higher education. In 1996, he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft. Because of his age, he had to cosign his contract with the Lakers until he turned 18. Though he was selected in the national team since 2000 but it was only in 2007 he played his first game for the United States national team. He announced his retirement from basketball in April 2016. As a basketball player, he earned the salary of $350 million and his net worth is $320 million.

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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 23 , 1978

Known for his massive body and outstanding talent, Kobe Bryant was born as Kobe Bean Bryant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America to Joe Bryant and Pam Bryant. He was born as their youngest child. He is of black ethnicity.

Began playing basketball

1981

Kobe's father Joe Bryant is also a retired American professional basketball player. He was his inspiration in basketball. Kobe has been playing basketball since he was three years old. When he was just six years old, his father began playing in Rieti in Italy.

Joined Lower Merion High School

1991

During his summer vacation, he used to move back to United States and play in a basketball summer league. Finally in 1991, his family moved back to United States and then he joined Lower Merion High School. 

Was named as a McDonald's All-American

1996

In the mid 1990s, he received several honors and awards in his life. He was named a McDonald's All-American in 1996. During that year, he was also named as Naismith High School Player of the Year.

Was selected by the Charlotte Hornets

1996

He completed his high school graduation in 1996 and he also scored 1080 in his SAT but he chose NBA instead of his higher education. In 1996, he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft. 

Joined Los Angeles Lakers

1996

Because of his age, he had to cosign his contract with the Lakers until he turned 18. Though he joined Lakers in 1996, he was benched behind Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel. During his early days there, he got limited playing time. 

Began his United States national team career

2007

Though he was selected in the national team since 2000 but it was only in 2007 he played his first game for the United States national team. In 2007, he played with the USA Men's Senior National Team and he won his first national gold medal that year. 

Began dating Vanessa Laine

1999

In November 1999, while Venessa was dancing as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up", Kobe was also working on that building on his debut musical album. They met each other for the first time there.

Married to Vanessa Laine

April 18 , 2001

 Kobe and Venessa dated each other as a boyfriend and girlfriend for several months and finally in May 2000, they announced they got engaged. They got bonded as a loving spouse on 18th of April 2001 and their wedding ceremony was held at St. Edward the Confessor Roman Catholic Church.

First child, Natalia Diamante Bryant

January 19 , 2003

He became father for the first time in his life in 2003. He and his loving wife Venessa welcomed their first child together on 19th of January and that time it was a baby girl and they named her Natalia Diamante Bryant.

Second child, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant

May 1 , 2006

He became father for the second time in his life in 2006. He and his loving wife Venessa welcomed their second child together on 1st of May and that time it was also a baby girl and they named her Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant.

Won Most Valuable Player Award

2008

He has been honored with several prestigious awards and honors in his life. In 2008, he was honored with Most Valuable Player Award. He was also honored with this award for the next two years. 

Became NBA champion

2000

He has earned the name of most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career and he is known for being the player of Los Angeles Lakers in NBA. He became the NBA champion for the first time in 2000.

Was selected as the NBA All-Star Game MVP

2002

He has also been named as the top NBA player of the 2000s. In 2002, he earned his named in the list of NBA All-Star Game MVP. He also got listed in this listing for the second time in 2007. Till date he has been listed in this list for four times. 

 

Played his final NBA game

April 13 , 2016

He is a professional basketball player from United States and he played his entire career for the Los Angeles Lakers. He played his last and final NBA game on 13th of April 2016 and that was against the Utah Jazz.