Kobe Bryant Background

Kobe

Bryant

Height: 6-6

Weight: 205

DOB: 8/23/78

School: Lower Merion High

NBA Years: 18

NBA Championships (5)

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NBA MVP (1)

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NBA All-Star (15)

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OLYMPIC MEDALS (2 GOLD)

Olympic Gold Medal
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HOW ACQUIRED:

Acquired by the Lakers from the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Vlade Divac on July 11, 1996 (was selected by the Hornets with the 13th overall choice in the 1996 NBA Draft).


2012-13 Season:

All-NBA First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 78 games (78 starts), averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.36 steals in 38.6 minutes … Recorded two triple-doubles and 16 double-doubles … Scored 30+ points 35 times (8 40+ point games … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (3rd/27.3), assists (22nd/6.0), FT% (30th/.839), steals (29th/1.36) and minutes (2nd/38.6) … Led NBA in All-Star balloting (3rd time) and all WC players for 6th straight year … WC Player of the Month (February) … Three-time WC Player of the Week (2/24/13, 3/10/13, 4/14/13) … Scored 40 points while passing Magic Johnson (1,724) as franchise leader in steals 11/2 vs. LA Clippers … Recorded 18th career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists 11/18 vs. Houston … Totaled 40 points and 10 rebounds 11/27 vs. Indiana … Became 5th and youngest player in NBA history to 30,000 points 12/5 at New Orleans … Scored 42 points 12/11 at Cleveland … Scored 40 points 12/26 at Denver … Tallied 38 points and a season-high five steals 1/4 at LA Clippers … Recorded 14 points, nine rebounds and a seasonhigh 14 assists 1/25 vs. Utah … Posted 21 points, nine rebounds and a season-high 14 assists 1/27 vs. Oklahoma City … Scored 40 points 2/22 vs. Portland … Scored 34 points including game-winning lay-up with 9.0 seconds 3/3 vs. Atlanta … Posted 42 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds 3/6 at New Orleans … Posted 41 points and 12 assists 2/8 vs. Toronto … Totaled 19 points, nine rebounds and a season-high 14 assists while passing Wilt Chamberlain (31, 419) for 4th on NBA all-time scoring list 3/30 at Sacramento … Recorded 19th career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists 4/2 vs. Dallas … Posted a season-high 47 points (14-27 FG, 18-18 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks 4/10 at Portland … Missed two games with a severely sprained left ankle and two games with a torn left Achilles tendon.

Career

Kobe Bryant Dunks
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks on a fast break against the New Orleans Hornets on March 6, 2013 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana.

5-time NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010) ... 2007-08 NBA Most Valuable Player ... 2009 NBA Finals MVP ... 2010 NBA Finals MVP ... Helped lead the United States to gold medals in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games ... Has earned All-NBA honors in each of the last 15 seasons (First Team in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013); Second Team in 2000 and 2001; Third Team in 1999 and 2005) … Has been named to the NBA’s All Defensive Team 12 times (First Team in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; Second Team in 2001, 2002 and 2012) … Named a starter for the Western Conference All-Star Team in each of the last 15 games (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1998 - no game in 1999) … Led all NBA players in voting for the 2003, 2011 and 2013 All-Star Games ... Earned MVP honors at the 2002 All-Star Game in his hometown of Philadelphia, in the 2007 All-Star Game in Las Vegas, co-MVP honors at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix and in the 2011 All-Star Game in Los Angeles … Became the youngest player ever to score 23,000 - 30,000 career points, to be named to the NBA’s All Defensive Team (1999-2000), to start an All-Star Game (1998) and to earn All-Rookie honors (1996-97) ... Won the 1997 Gatorade Slam Dunk Championship during All-Star Weekend … Is the second youngest player in Los Angeles franchise history (behind Andrew Bynum) to appear in a regular season game in his NBA debut 11/3/96 vs. Minnesota (18 years, two months and 11 days) and is the third youngest player to ever appear in an NBA game (only Andrew Bynum and Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal were younger) … Has been selected Western Conference Player of the Month 15 times (November 2001, January 2003, March 2004, January, April 2006, December 2006, March 2007, February 2008, April 2008, December 2008, January 2009, December 2009, March 2011, January 2012, February 2013) and has earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors 31 times (11/4/01, 1/20/02, 11/3/02, 12/8/02, 1/12/03, 2/2/03, 2/23/03, 2/17/04, 3/22/04, 11/13/05, 12/18/05, 12/25/05, 1/22/06, 4/16/06, 3/18/07, 3/25/07, 1/13/08, 3/2/08, 4/6/08, 12/29/08, 1/12/09, 3/16/09, 11/22/09, 12/20/09, 12/27/09, 3/27/11, 1/8/12, 1/15/12, 2/24/13, 3/10/13, 4/14/13 ) … Prior to that was named NBA Player of the Month once (December 2000) and NBA Player of the Week twice (April 16, 2000 and December 24, 2000) ... Captured the 2005-06 and 2006-07 NBA scoring titles ... In 2005-06, averaged 35.4 points per game (8th highest scoring average of all-time), passing Bob McAdoo for the 7th best scoring season of all-time (2,832 points) ... Scored a career-high 81 points (55 in the second half) 1/22/06 vs. TOR, the 2nd highest game (81) and half (55) point totals in NBA history ... Ranks third in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain (118) and Michael Jordan (31) with 24 career 50-plus point games ... Has 120 career 40-plus point games, 169 career double-doubles and 19 career triple-doubles ... Is the Lakers all-time leading scorer (regular season and playoffs) and ranks 4th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (3rd on postseason list).

2011-12:

Kobe Bryant 2011
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles away from Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in all 82 games (82 starts), averaging 25.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.21 steals in 33.9 minutes … Recorded nine double-doubles and one triple-double … Scored 30+ points 23 times and 40+ points three times … Led team in points 61 times, rebounds once and assists 39 times ... Ranked among league leaders in points (5th/25.3), assists (31st/4.7) and steals (28th/1.21) … Led all players in All-Star balloting for 2nd time in career (2003) and earned 4th All-Star MVP award with 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals 2/21 … Western Conference Player of the Month (March) … Western Conference Player of the Week (3/27/11) … Recorded 17th career triple-double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) 11/3 at Sacramento … Scored 34 points (youngest player in NBA history to 26,000 points) 11/11 at Denver … Scored 41 points 11/18 vs. Indiana … Scored 41 points (youngest player in NBA history to 27,000 points) 1/30 vs. Boston … Totaled a season-high 42 points, a season-high tying 12 rebounds and nine assists 3/22 vs. Phoenix … Scored 30 points and became franchise leader in games played 3/27 vs. New Orleans … In 10 playoff games, averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.60 steals in 35.4 minutes. 2010-11: All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in all 82 games (82 starts), averaging 25.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.21 steals in 33.9 minutes … Recorded nine double-doubles and one triple-double … Scored 30+ points 23 times and 40+ points three times … Led team in points 61 times, rebounds once and assists 39 times ... Ranked among league leaders in points (5th/25.3), assists (31st/4.7) and steals (28th/1.21) … Led all players in All-Star balloting for 2nd time in career (2003) and earned 4th All-Star MVP award with 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals 2/21 … Western Conference Player of the Month (March) … Western Conference Player of the Week (3/27/11) … Recorded 17th career triple-double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) 11/3 at Sacramento … Scored 34 points (youngest player in NBA history to 26,000 points) 11/11 at Denver … Scored 41 points 11/18 vs. Indiana … Scored 41 points (youngest player in NBA history to 27,000 points) 1/30 vs. Boston … Totaled a season-high 42 points, a season-high tying 12 rebounds and nine assists 3/22 vs. Phoenix … Scored 30 points and became franchise leader in games played 3/27 vs. New Orleans … In 10 playoff games, averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.60 steals in 35.4 minutes.

2010-11:

All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in all 82 games (82 starts), averaging 25.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.21 steals in 33.9 minutes … Recorded nine double-doubles and one triple-double … Scored 30+ points 23 times and 40+ points three times … Led team in points 61 times, rebounds once and assists 39 times ... Ranked among league leaders in points (5th/25.3), assists (31st/4.7) and steals (28th/1.21) … Led all players in All-Star balloting for 2nd time in career (2003) and earned 4th All-Star MVP award with 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals 2/21 … Western Conference Player of the Month (March) … Western Conference Player of the Week (3/27/11) … Recorded 17th career triple-double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) 11/3 at Sacramento … Scored 34 points (youngest player in NBA history to 26,000 points) 11/11 at Denver … Scored 41 points 11/18 vs. Indiana … Scored 41 points (youngest player in NBA history to 27,000 points) 1/30 vs. Boston … Totaled a season-high 42 points, a season-high tying 12 rebounds and nine assists 3/22 vs. Phoenix … Scored 30 points and became franchise leader in games played 3/27 vs. New Orleans … In 10 playoff games, averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.60 steals in 35.4 minutes.

2009-10:

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 73 games (73 starts), averaging 27.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.55 steals in 38.8 minutes … Posted six double-doubles … Scored 30+ points 29 times and 40+ points eight times … Ranked among league leaders in points (4th/27.0), assists (24th/5.0), steals (13th/1.55) and minutes (7th/38.8) … WC Player of the Month (December) … Three-time WC Player of the Week … Hit six game-winning FG, most of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (FGM in last 10 seconds of 4th quarter or overtime) … Posted 100th career 40+ point game (40 points) 11/17 vs. Detroit … Totaled a season-high 44 points and 11 assists 12/29 vs. Golden State … Scored 31 points to become the youngest player in NBA history to 25,000 points 1/21 at Cleveland … Posted 27 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and nine assists 1/24 at Toronto … Became Lakers all-time leading scorer with a season-high 44 points 2/1 at Memphis … Missed five games (2/6 - 2/18) with a sprained left ankle, two (4/8-4/9) with right knee swelling and two (4/13-4/14) with an avulsion fracture (right index finger) ... Averaged 29.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.35 steals in 23 playoff games ... In the playoffs, scored 30+ points 14 times (one 40+ point game).

2008-09:

Kobe Bryant 2009
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after defeating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009.

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... All-Star game Co-MVP ... Appeared in 82 games (82 starts), averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.46 steals in 36.1 minutes ... Posted 10 double-doubles (two triple-doubles) … Scored 30+ points 27 times and 40+ points four times ... Recorded 10+ rebounds five times and 10+ assists five times … Ranked among league leaders in points (3rd/26.8), assists (26th/4.9), FT% (26th/.856), steals (12th/1.46) and minutes (37th/36.1) … Three-time WC Player of the Week … Two-time WC Player of the Month (December, January) … Recorded 15th career triple-double (28 points, season-high 13 rebounds, 11 assists) 1/16 vs. Orlando … Posted 16th career triple-double (18 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) 1/21 at LA Clippers … Totaled an NBA season-high 61 points (19-31 FG, 20-20 FT) 2/2 at New York, establishing a new MSG record for points scored … Passed Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th on NBA’s all-time scoring list and 3rd all-time in franchise history ... In 23 playoff games, averaged 30.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.65 steals and 0.91 blocks in 40.9 minutes ... Scored an NBA Finals career-high 40 points 6/4 vs. Orlando.

2007-08:

NBA Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals in 82 games ... Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/28.3), assists (19th/5.4), FT% (29th/.840), steals (9th/1.84) and minutes (10th/38.9 ) … Recorded 20 double-doubles … Scored 40+ points seven times ... Scored 45 points (career-high 27 FTA) 10/30 vs. Houston … Tallied 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while becoming youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points 12/23 at New York … Connected on 1,000th career 3-point FG 1/13 vs. Memphis … Converted 51 consecutive free throws from 2/10 at Miami thru 2/20 at Phoenix (2nd longest streak in franchise history (62 - Bryant)) … Posted 52 points (career-high tying 27 FTA) and 11 rebounds 3/2 vs. Dallas … Scored 34 points 3/4 at Sacramento, becoming 25th player in NBA history to score 21,000 points, 2nd youngest and 12th fastest to do so … Posted an NBA season-high 53 points and 10 rebounds 3/28 vs. Memphis … Handed out his 4,000th career assist 4/15 vs. SAC - 16th player in NBA history with 21,000 points and 4,000 assists ... Averaged 30.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 21 playoff games.

2006-07:

All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Averaged 31.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.44 steals in 77 games ... Ranked among league leaders in points (1st/31.6), assists (20th/5.4), FT% (12th/.868), steals (17th/1.44) and minutes (4th/40.8) … Recorded 10 double-doubles … Led team in scoring 70 times, rebounds 14 times and assists 45 times … Scored 52 points (franchise record-tying 30 points in the 3rd quarter) 11/30 vs. Utah … Posted 53 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists 12/15 vs. Houston … Scored 58 points 12/29 at Charlotte … All-Star game MVP (31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals) … Scored a season-high 65 points (23-of-39 FG, 8 3FGM) 3/16 vs. Portland … Scored 50 points 3/18 vs. Minnesota (1st player since Chamberlain (1963) to post 60-point/50-point games back-to-back) … Scored 60 points 3/22 at Memphis (Chamberlain, Baylor & Jordan only other players to score 50 points in 3-straight games) … Scored 50 points 3/23 at NO/Oklahoma City (2nd player in NBA history to record 4-straight 50-point games) … Scored 53 points 3/30 vs. Houston ... Scored 50 points 4/12 vs. LA Clippers … Scored 50 points (10th 50-point game of season) 4/15 vs. Seattle (3rd highest 50-point game season total in NBA history (Chamberlain 45 & 30) … Missed two games recovering from right knee surgery (10/31 - 11/1), one with a sprained right ankle (12/8) and two due to NBA suspension ... Averaged 32.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in five playoff games.

2005-06:

All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Averaged a career-high 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.84 steals in 80 games ... Ranked among league leaders in scoring (1st/35.4), assists (32nd/4.5), FT % (15th/.850), steals (9th/1.84) and minutes (4th/41.0) … Averaged 35.4 points per game (8th highest scoring average of all-time) ... Passed Bob McAdoo for 7th greatest scoring season of all-time (2,832 points) ... Led team in scoring 75 times ... Totaled a franchise record 27 40+ point games and six 50+ games ... Posted four double-doubles ... Scored 62 points in 33 minutes (18-31 FG, 22-25 FT) including a franchise record 30 points in the 3rd quarter 12/20 vs. Dallas … Missed home and away games 1/1 and 1/3 vs. Utah due to league suspension ... Scored 48 points (franchise record 7 3FGM without a miss) 1/6 vs. Philadelphia … Scored 50 points (40 in 2nd half) 1/7 at LA Clippers … Recorded 4th straight 45+ point game with 45 points and a season-high 10 rebounds 1/9 vs. Indiana (1st player since Chamberlain in November of 1964 and 3rd player ever (Baylor) to do so) … Over 7-game span from 1/11 - 1/22, connected on a franchise record 62 consecutive free-throws ... Scored 51 points 1/19 at Sacramento … Scored a career-high 81 points (55 in 2nd half) on 28-of-46 shooting 1/22 vs. Toronto; the 2nd highest game (81) and half (55) point totals in NBA history … Tallied 40 points (tied Lakers record with 23 FTM) 1/31 at New York … Posted a career-high seven steals 2/13 vs. Utah … Scored 51 points 4/7 at Phoenix … Scored 50 points 4/14 vs. Portland ... Averaged 27.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists in seven playoff games ... Scored 50 points 5/4 vs. Phoenix.

2004-05:

Kobe Bryant 2004
Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers slam dunks against the New Orleans Hornets on December 22, 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

All-NBA Third Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 66 games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists ... Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/27.6), minutes (5th/40.7), double-doubles (37th/18) and triple-doubles (2nd/5) … Registered 10 40+ point games ... Led team in scoring on 50 occasions and in assists 41 times ... Posted a season-high five steals 11/17 vs. LA Clippers … Posted a triple-double (29 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) 11/19 at Phoenix … Registered a triple-double (10 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) 12/3 vs. Golden State … Recorded 2nd straight triple-double (20 points, season-high 14 rebounds, 11 assists0 12/8 vs. Phoenix … Recorded 4th triple-double of the season (36 points, season-high 14 assists, 10 rebounds) 12/17 vs. Washington … Scored a season-high 48 points 12/28 vs. Toronto … Placed on injured list 1/15 (severe sprain, right ankle) and re-activated 2/13 … Connected on 43 consecutive free throw attempts from 3/4 vs. Dallas - 3/10 at Dallas … Scored 43 points (9-15 3FG) 3/22 at Utah … Tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (14th career triple-double) 4/7 vs. Houston.

2003-04:

All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 65 games, averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37.6 minutes ... Ranked among league leaders in points (4th/24.0), free throw percentage (18th/.852) and minutes (23rd/37.6) ... Recorded 9th career triple-double (29 points, season-high 14 rebounds, 10 assists) 2/28 at Washington ... Tallied a season high 13 assists 3/3 at Houston ... Posted a season-high 45 points (season-high 17 FTM) 4/13 vs. Golden State ... Tallied 37 points including a pair of threes at the end of the game, the first sending it to overtime, the second with no time remaining to win the game in double-overtime and clinch the Pacific Division title ... Western Conference Player of the Week twice ... Western Conference Player of the Month (March) ... Led the team in scoring 38 times, assists 29 times and rebounds seven times ... Posted 10 double-doubles ... Scored 40+ points three times and 30+ points 16 times ... Averaged 24.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 22 postseason games ... Scored 42 points 5/11 vs. San Antonio.

2002-03:

All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 82 games, averaging 30.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 41.5 minutes ... Recorded 9th consecutive 40+ point game and 13th straight 35+ point game 2/23 vs. Seattle (41 points) … Recorded 5th triple-double of the season (21 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) 1/10 vs. Cleveland … Set an NBA record with 12 3-pointers 1/7 vs. Seattle … Tied an NBA record with eight 3FG in a half 3/28 vs. Washington … Scored an NBA season-high 55 points 3/28 vs. Washington … Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/30.0), rebounds (35th/6.9), assists (14th/5.9), 3FG% (27th/.383), FT% (25th/.843), steals (6th/2.21), minutes (4th/41.5), double-doubles (21st/23) and triple-doubles (2nd/5) ... Scored 10,000th career point 3/5 vs. Indiana ... Western Conference Player of the Week five times ... Western Conference Player of the Month (January) ... 3rd player in NBA history to average 40+ points in a month (40.6 ppg/February) ... Averaged 32.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 12 postseason games.

2001-02:

All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive Second Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 80 games, averaging 25.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 38.3 minutes … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (6th/25.2), assists (19th/5.5), FG% (34th/.469), FT% (35th/.829), steals (27th/1.48) and minutes (20th/38.3) … Served two-game suspension for fighting (3/3,3/5) … Led or tied for team lead in assists 48 times ... Recorded 3rd career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists 2/12 vs. Washington … 2002 NBA All- Star Game MVP (31 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) ... Western Conference Player of the Week twice ... Earned Western Conference Player of the Month (November) … Scored 56 points in three quarters of play 1/14 vs. Memphis (36 points in first half) ... Grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds 11/21 at Denver … Averaged 26.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 19 postseason games.

2000-01:

All-NBA Second Team ... NBA All Defensive Second Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 68 games, averaging 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 40.9 minutes … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (4th), FG% (.464/37th), FT% (.853/18th) and minutes (40.9/7th) … Registered 10 double-doubles including two triple-doubles … Tallied 44 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks 2/2 vs. Charlotte … Scored 47 points (franchise/career-high tying 23 FTM (23-26)) 1/30 at Cleveland … Set a franchise record (FT in a half) with 17 FTM in the 2nd half 1/30 at Cleveland … Tallied first career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 11 assists 1/15 vs. Vancouver … NBA Player of the Month (December) ... Ejected for first time in his career after receiving two technical fouls 12/20 at LA Clippers … Named NBA Player of the Week once … Scored 30+ points in 24 games and 40+ six times … Scored 51 points 12/6 at Golden State … Missed 14 games due to various injuries (9 - sore left foot; 2 - viral infection; 3 - moderately sprained right ankle) ... Appeared in 16 postseason games, averaging 29.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 43.4 minutes … Totaled 48 points and 16 rebounds 5/13 at Sacramento.

Kobe Bryant 1996
Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores the first point of his career by shooting a foul shot against the New York Knicks on November 5, 1996.

1999-2000:

All-NBA Second Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 66 games, averaging 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 38.2 minutes … Named NBA Player of the Week (April 10-16) … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (12th), FT% (33rd), minutes (16th) and FG% (39th) … Registered 12 double-doubles … Scored 30+ points eight times ... Led team in scoring 18 times … Saw first action of the season 12/1 vs. Golden State, tallying 19 points and six rebounds … Posted first career 40-point game (40 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists) 3/12 vs. Sacramento ... Activated from the injured list on 12/1 … Placed on the injured list 11/1/99 with a broken right hand, missing the first 15 games of the season ... Played in 22 of the team’s 23 postseason games, averaging 21.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 39.0 minutes … DNP 6/11 at Indiana (sprained left ankle) … Converted game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds remaining 5/10 vs. Phoenix.

1998-99:

All-NBA Third Team ... Appeared in each of the team’s 50 games, averaging 19.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 37.9 minutes … Led team in scoring 11 times … Scored 20+ points 26 times including two 30+ point games ... Recorded nine double-doubles ... Posted 32 points, five rebounds, five assists and four blocks 3/3 vs. Phoenix ... Scored a season-high 38 points (33 second half points) 3/21 at Orlando … Totaled 17 points and a season-high 10 assists 5/3 vs. Dallas ... Registered a season-high six steals 4/7 vs. Sacramento … Was the only Laker to start every contest ... Averaged 19.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in eight playoff games (2nd on team in scoring).

1997-98:

Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 79 games, averaging 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.0 minutes … Highest scoring non-starter in NBA ... Highest scoring reserve in Los Angeles franchise history (less than 10 starts) … Scored 20+ points 20 times including two 30+ point games ... Scored in double-figures 65 times ... Scored 30 points (12-21 FG) 12/14 vs. Dallas ... Scored a season-high 33 points (12-20 FG) 12/17 at Chicago ... Appeared in 11-of-13 playoff games, averaging 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

1996-97:

All-Rookie Second Team ... Appeared in 71 games (six starts), averaging 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.5 minutes ... Scored in double-figures 25 times and led the team in scoring twice ... Scored 20+ points four times ... Missed first game of the regular season with a strained hip flexor ... DNP-CD nine times ... Appeared in each of the team’s nine playoff games, averaging 8.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.8 minutes ... Scored 22 points in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round vs. Portland, the most points for a Los Angeles rookie in the postseason since May 18, 1984 (Byron Scott 26 at PHX).

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Infographics

Infographic: 2012-13 Playoff Race

2012-13 Playoff Race

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1/27/13 vs. OKC

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12/25/12 vs. NYC

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Kobe 30,000 Points

Infographic: 11/13/12 vs. SAS

11/13/12 vs. SAS

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11/02/12 vs. LAC

Personal

Kobe Bryant 1996
Kobe Bryant holds a #8 Los Angeles Lakers jersey after being the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets who then traded his draft rights to the Los Angels Lakers on July 11, 1996
  • Father Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant played eight NBA seasons (Philadelphia, San Diego, Houston) before retiring in 1983
  • Spent eight years of childhood in Italy
  • Parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth
  • Has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya
  • Involved in several community programs in the past, including the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Center for Abused Children
  • Is currently involved with several organizations including Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Plaza de la Raza (cultural center in East L.A.)
  • In summer of 2006, created VIVO Foundation, a charitable initiative dedicated to enhancing the lives of young people and making dreams come true through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities and financial support
  • Projects of the foundation include Vivo Del Mondo, an international travel experience that offers deserving high school and college students a unique and expanded context to think, question and formulate their own beliefs about the world and discover and develop their life passions
  • Held first ever Kobe Basketball Academy in summer of 2007 (continued in 2008-12), teaching athletes basketball’s five fundamentals
  • Member of the USA Men’s Senior National Team, helping the 2007 team win the FIBA Americas championship while helping the US earn gold medals in both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games
  • He and wife Vanessa have two daughters, Natalia Diamante and Gianna Maria.

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