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Height: 6' 6"
- When Kobe made
the varsity at Lower Merion High School as a freshman, he selected the
number of his idol, Magic Johnson. He had to switch to #33 in 1995-96,
because he outgrew the other jersey.
- Kobe and Shaquille
ONeal were both named First Team All-NBA after the 2001-02 season.
They became the first tandem to be honored as such since Michael Jordan
and Scottie Pippen in 1996.
- Kobes 56-point
game against the Grizzlies in January of 2002 was the highest total
ever recorded by any of the 20+ players who have gone directly from
high school to the NBA. He bettered that mark in january of 2002 when
he scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors.
- Kobe was one of
four Lakers to make the 1998 All-Star squadShaquille ONeal,
Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel were the others. The last time four teammates
made the game was in 1983, when Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Maurice
Cheeks and Andrew Toney of the 76ers were selected.
- Kobe's nine-game
scoring streak of at least 40 points per game in 2003 matched one of
equal length by Michael Jordan in the 1986-87 campaign.
- Kobe had five triple-doubles
in 2002-03 and five more in 2004-05
- In 2004-05, Kobe
hit 43 free throws in a row to break Gail Goodrich’s team record
- In 2004-05, Kobe
became the youngest player to score 14,000 points, surpassing Michael
- Kobe’s 2,832
points in 2005-06 was the seventh-highest total in history. Only Wilt
Chamberlain and Michael Jordan have scored more.
- Kobe led the NBA
in free throws made in 2005-06.
- Kobe was named
First Team All-NBA and First Team All-Defensive for the fourth time
each in 2006.
- Kobe changed from
#8 to #24 before the 2006-07 season.
- Kobe's 61 points against the Knicks in 2009 set a new record for points scored in Madison Square Garden. The old record belonged to Bernard King.
- In 2009, Kobe passed Lakers legend Elgin Baylor on the all-time scoring list and moved into the Top 20 in NBA history.
- In 2009, Kobe became the first player since Michael Jordan to reach 25,000 points. He also surpassed Jerry West as the team's all-time scoring leader.
- Kobe signed a three-year contract extension with the Lakers after the 2010 season.
- Kobe was named MVP of the 2010 NBA Finals.
- Had the Bryants
remained in Europe, Kobe says he would have gone into pro soccer. He
rooted for AC Milan while licing in Italy.
- Kobe got his name
from a Japanese steakhouse in the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia.
His father liked the sound of the name.
- Kobes favorite
video as a kid was NBA Showmen, which highlighted some of
basketballs all-time greats.
- Kobe has incredible
basketball bloodlines. His moms brother, John Chubby
Cox, played in the NBA.
- Kobe made his first
legit dunk at the age of 14.
- Kobe took R&B
star Brandy to his senior prom. He later played the role of a basketball
star on her show, Moesha.
- Kobe married Vanessa
Laine in April of 2001. They met while she was still in high school.
Kobe and Vanessa had their first child, Natalia, in 2003. Their second
daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore, was born on May 1, 2006—six minutes
ahead of Shaquille O'Neal's daughter Me'arah Sanaa.
- Kobe breaks in
a new pair of basketball shoes every three or four games.
- Kobe develops new
moves in the off-season by playing against his shadow
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