NBA Player Profiles: The Storied Career of Kobe Bryant
KOBE BRYANT (Philadelphia, USA, 23 August 1978) is an American professional basketball player. Kobe plays shooting guard, and currently is a member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. Charlotte Hornets chose him in the first round (13 total) Bryant 1996 NBA draft by the then-teammate Shaquille O’Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championship titles (2000, 2001 and 2002).
Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal
After the 2003-04 season, O’Neal left the team, Bryant became the Lakers superstar franchise. Two consecutive seasons (2005-06, and 2006-07.) was the top scorer of the NBA. In a game against the Toronto Raptors, 22 January 2006 Kobe scored 81 points, which is the second highest impact one player in NBA history. In front of him was only Wilt Chamberlain who in 1962 scored an unreal total of 100 points in one game.
In the season 2007/08. was declared the Most Valuable Player of the regular season and in the playoffs the Lakers took to the NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Boston Celtics. The following season was again led the Lakers to the finals against the Orlando Magic and won his fourth NBA title. This is his first NBA title without Shaquille O’Neal. The US national team won the gold medal at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. From his second NBA season, Bryant was a regular member of the NBA All-Star games, and four times won the MVP of the All-Star Game (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011). Throughout his NBA career he received several nicknames, but today’s nicknamed the Black Mamba.
Bryant was selected in the 1st round (13 total) 1996 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets. The former agent Arn Tellem Bryant said that Bryant will be hard to ever play for the Hornets. Noticed him then-Lakers general manager Jerry West. He offered Hornets exchange for the draft rights to Bryant, in which he went in the opposite direction center Vlade Divac. The Hornets have accepted the offer, and so is Bryant became the first quarterback who is straight out of high school moved to the professionalism of the strongest basketball league in the world.
During his rookie season, Kobe was mainly entered from the bench as a substitute for Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel. At that time he became the youngest player to ever played in the NBA. He played an average of 15.5 minutes and scoring over 7.5 points. However, it soon became known for slam dunks, especially after the All-Star weekend in 1997 won the Slam Dunk contest. At the end of the season he was elected along with then teammate Travis Knight in the second NBA All-Rookie Team.
In the second season, Bryant had some more minutes and then he finally began to show their basketball talent. As a result, Bryant increased his basketball figures with 7.6 to 15.6 points. All season entering the game came in off the bench as a substitute for the starting shooting guard or played at the position low wings. He was shortlisted for the sixth league players, and also was selected as the youngest player to participate in the All-Star.
In the season 1998/99., Became the first members of the LA Lakers lineup. All 50 games in which he played started in the starting lineup. During the season, Kobe has signed a six-year contract worth $ 70 million. At that time began the first comparisons with Michael Jordan and Bryant are his overt copying Jordan gestures and facial expressions, trying to assert itself as a leader of the team. Kobe retired in 2015 and in his last game against Utah Jazz he scored 60 points.
Career highlights and awards
- 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
- 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)
- NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
- 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
- 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
- 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
- 2× All-NBA Second Team (2000–2001)
- 2× All-NBA Third Team (1999, 2005)
- 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003–2004, 2006–2011)
- 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001–2002, 2012)
- 2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)
- NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
- NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
- Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer
- Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1996)