Date of birth: August 23, 1978 (Age:
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft. 6 in. (1.98 m)
Weight: 205 lb. (93 kg)
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Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978. He Plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association(NBA). Bryant never went to college since he entered the NBA right out of High School. He has played for the Los Angeles Lakers his entire careen and has helped them win five NBA Championships. He is 15 time All-Star and the all-time leading scorer of LA Lakers.
Bryant played basketball at Lower Merion High School where he was noted as the top high school basketball player. As soon as he graduated, he joined the draft to be picked by the Hornets and then traded to the Lakers. He won the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest and was immediately a fan favorite. During the 2004 NBA Finals Bryant and his team-mate O'Neal got into a heated feud. This led to O'Neal's trade. In 2006, Bryant scored 81 points againts the Raptors which earned him as second highest scoring player of all time.
In 2003, Bryant was brought to court in terms of sexual assault on a hotel employee. The charges were dropped a year later and civil suit was filed. This suit was settled outside of court. In 2007, Bryant nicknamed himself the Black Mamba.
Based in Los Angeles, the Lakers are a professional basketball team that play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Their home games are held at the Staples Center which also belongs to their rival, LA Clippers. Winning 16 Championships has earned them a place between the most successful teams of the NBA. The Lakers are worth an estimated $1 billion making the second most valuable franchise in the NBA.
The Lakers were founded in Minneapolis and were known as the Minneapolis Lakers. They moved to Los Angeles before the 1960-61 season. The Lakers hold the longest winning streak of 33 games. The Los Angeles Lakers also have 16 Hall of Famers. The have won the NBA Championships a total of 16 times. They also have achieved 31 Conference Titles and 23 Division Titles. Their primary colors are white, purple, and gold.