Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bryant (born (1978-08-23)August 23, 1978 )[1] is a American former professional basketball player. He most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Bryant played as a shooting guard. During the 2005-2006 season, he scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. He is considered as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Bryant retired on April 13, 2016 after scoring 60 points in a Lakers win against the Utah Jazz.[2]

Championships and awards[change | change source]

Bryant 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, Bryant won a gold medal with the United States national team at the Olympics in Beijing.[3]

Bryant earned 14 selections for All-NBA teams and 12 for All-Defensive teams. He led the league in scoring twice. He received 4 all-star game MVPs in 14 appearances. He also won 2 finals MVP awards. He was also the youngest player to reach 30,000 points, passing Shaquille O Neal and Michael Jordan and becoming third on the all-time scoring list. Bryant is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Kobe Bryant Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN". espn.go.com. 2011 [last update]. Retrieved March 19, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Kobe Bryant". espn.go.com. ESPN. Retrieved 26 April 2016. 
  3. "Kobe Bryant Olympics - Kobe Bryant commits to 2012 Olympics - Los Angeles Times". articles.latimes.com. 2011 [last update]. Retrieved March 19, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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