Youngest player ever selected in the NBA Draft and youngest player to ever play in an NBA regular season game at 18 years and 6 days 11/2/05 at Denver ... Originally committed to Connecticut where he planned to major in business ... Has one brother, Corey ... Enjoys reading, computers and listening to hip/hop music ... Played the piano for two years ... Outside of basketball, also enjoys playing tennis and golf ... Person he most admires is his mother, Janet ... Lists greatest personal achievement as being drafted by the Lakers and becoming an NBA basketball player ... Lists “Entourage” as his favorite television show ... Wears size 18 shoes ... Met fans and helped with the NBA Skills Challenge competition while participating in the NBA Nation Tour (a mobile playground traveling the country coast-to-coast) during its stop in Los Angeles in the summer of 2007 ... Active in several Lakers Youth Foundation initiatives such as Read To Achieve and A Season of Giving ... Participated in the 4th annual HOLA BOWLA Charity Bowling fundraiser co-presented by the Los Angeles Lakers and Fox Sports en Español to benefit the Central City Basketball Association, an inner-city youth league which is proudly sponsored by the Lakers Youth Foundation and the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) ... Unveiled the 12th Lakers Reading and Learning Center at the Boys and Girls Club of East LA during the 2008-09 preseason ... Served Thanksgiving Dinner to members of the Boys and Girls Club of Venice in November of 2008.
Selected by the Lakers with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft ... Two-time NBA Champion (2009, 2010) ... Youngest player ever to play in an NBA regular season game (18 years, 6 days) ... With 20 points and 14 rebounds 11/7/06 vs. Minnesota, became the youngest Laker (19 years, 11 days) to ever record a double-double, breaking Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s record (20 years, 75 days) ... Member of the Sophomore team in the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge over All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, scoring seven points on 3-of-4 shooting while grabbing four rebounds in 19 minutes ... Western Conference Player of the Week for games played 1/19/09 - 1/25/09 ... Has posted 82 career double-doubles and 31 career 20+ point games ... Has posted 96 10+ rebound games.
Selected by the Lakers with the 10th pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft.