Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant with the Lakers

Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978(1978-08-23))[1] is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Bryant plays as a shooting guard. During the 2005-2006 season, he scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. The NBA created a video tribute to the 81 point performance (link).[2]

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Bryant has won five championship rings from 2000-2002 and again in 2009-2010. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the 2007-08 NBA season after the Los Angeles Lakers went to the 2008 NBA Playoffs as the first seed in the Western Conference. In 2008, he won a gold medal with the United States national team at the Olympics in Beijing.[3] He has earned 14 selections for All-NBA teams and 12 for All-Defensive teams. He led the league in scoring twice. He has received 4 all-star game MVPs in 14 appearances. He has also won 2 finals MVP awards. He is also the youngest player to reach 30,000 points, passing Shaquille O Neal and joining the 30,000 points club with only 4 others players. Kobe Bryant's achievements continue to grow as he is still a superstar in the NBA today at the age of 35. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.

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