School: Old Dominion
NBA Years: 1
Acquired by the Lakers from Golden State via trade on February 19, 2014
Scored 12 points 12/6 at HOU ... Tallied 12 points to go with 3 assists and 3 rebounds 12/31 at ORL ... Had 15 points in debut with the Lakers 2/21 vs. BOS ... Totaled 17 points (6-13 FG) with two steals 2/23 vs. BKN... Recorded career-highs with 23 points and three steals 2/25 at IND ... Had 14 points and 4 assists 2/26 at MEM ... Scored 12 points with a career-high six rebounds 2/28 vs. SAC ... Finished with 14 points (career-high 4 3FG) and career-high seven rebounds 3.3 at POR ... Equaled a career-high with 23 points (4-9 3FG) and four rebounds 3/4 vs. NOP.
PERSONAL NOTES: Full name is Kenneth Lamont Bazemore Jr ... Parents are Kenneth and Glynis Bazemore ... Has one brother, WyKevin ... At Bertie High School, averaged 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 3.2 steals as a senior ... Named North Carolina Coastal Conference Player of the Year as a senior and Roanoke-Chowan Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... Selected to participate in the North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game ... Averaged 22.9 points and 9.8 rebounds as a junior ... Majored in human services and criminal justice at ODU.
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.