Kobe bryant Biography
Kobe bryant Biography ,kobe gigi, BEFORE Kobe Bryant played his entire 20-year career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers… BEFORE Kobe Bryant woukd win FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS,being named an 18-time All-Star, one-time League MVP and two-time NBA Finals MVP… Before Kobe Bryant would wed Vanessa Laine and the pair would become parents to four daughters together.
BEFORE Kobe would widely be regarded as oneof the greatest basketball players of all-time… Looking back at it now, it feels like KOBEBRYANT was always destined for greatness. From the beginning, while still in high school,he was recognized as one of the top ball prospects in the U.S. Then, when he was drafted in 1996 by the CharlotteHornets, he was immediately traded to the Lakers, the flagship franchise of the NBA. Once there, he established himself as a legendin an arena that was already chock-full of them.
5 chips. 3 with Shaq.
2 with Gasol.
All-time leading scorer in Laker FranchiseHistory.
An 81-point game against the… MICHAEL SIGHS …
The Toronto Raptors – still a modern-day record for scoring in a single game, by the way.
Hell, even a torn Achilles at the age of 34couldn’t stop Kobe from returning to the game he loved and capping off his career witha 60-point night that will go down in history as one of the greatest final games in anyathletes’ career… 50 field goals attempts be damned. Because you see… the secret to Kobe’ssuccess was not that he was the most talented guy with the biggest blessings — but thathe was ALWAYS the hardest working person on the floor.
Kobe wanted to out-work you.
That’s what he lived his life to do.
To succeed at whatever it was he set his mindto.
Basketball. Short Films. Books.
The man could do it all.
But then, last month happened.
On January 26th, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others all died in a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California– leaving the entire world in shock. Because that’s the kind of impact Kobe Bryantmade all around the world.
From the U.S. to China.
From Greenland to Australia.
Everyone mourned the passing of a sports icon.
Here at Before They Were Famous we want todo the exact same, honor a man who gave so much of himself every time he stepped betweenthe lines of the hardwood.
This is our Kobe Bryant GoneBut Not Forgotten.
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Kobe Bean Bryant was born in the city of brotherlylove, Philadelphia, the youngest of three children and the only son of former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Coz Bryant.
His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, while his middle name was derived from his father’s nickname, “Jellybean”.
As the son of a baller, it didn’t take longfor Kobe to pick it up himself.
He started playing the game at age three and from the very beginnings, with giants of the sport like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing for them, the Lakers were always his favorite team.
When Bryant turned six, Joe retired from theNBA and moved his family to Rieti, Italy to continue his professional career.
Once there, they jumped around the Italianleague moving all over the country. While there a young Kobe even learned to speak fluent Italian.
While living in an area known as Reggio EmiliaKobe experienced some of his fondest memories of his childhood and it was there that hefirst began to play and take basketball seriously.
Bryant’s Grandfather would mail him videosof the NBA and Kobe would study them front to back.
Then, during the summer, he would return tothe States and play in summer leagues, showing off what he had picked up along the way.
Plus a touch of an Italian accent was probablya big hit with the ladies. I’m just saying.
When he was 13, Kobe and his family moved back to Philadelphia’s.
While attending Lower Merion High School,he first began to earn national attention with his spectacularly high-school career.
He was the first freshman in decades of school history to start for their Varsity team.
And while his first season ended with a 4-20 record, his subsequently school record over the next three years was 77-13.
With success like that, it’s not much ofa surprise that recruiters across the country from Duke, to Michigan, to Villanova all hadhim at the top of their recruitment lists.
But college was not to be for Kobe Bean Bryant.
After watching Kevin Garnett get taken #1overall straight out of high-school in the 1995 draft, Bryant began to plan his futureas a pro accordingly.
In 1996 Kobe took R&B singer Brandy to hissenior prom and only a short couple of months later made history by becoming the sixth playerin NBA history to go directly into the league from High School. During the draft process, Bryant had workedout in Los Angeles, scrimmaging against former Laker players Larry Drew and Michael Cooperwhile then-Laker General Manager Jerry West watched on. According to Jerry, he couldn’t in goodfaith let the work-out go on for too long, because Kobe was embarrassing these professionals.
The Lakers were already looking to move onfrom their starting centre, Vlade Divac, for a draft pick to clear up salary cap to signthe Big Fish of the free agent market – and I do mean, BIG – Shaquille O’Neal. So, Jerry West found a trade partner in theCharlotte Hornets who agreed to trade their #13 pick for Divac.
Apparently, they never even considered draftingKobe for themselves, and looking back at their history as a franchise both ancient and current… I can believe it. The Hornets have never won ANYTHING. Needless to say, Kobe would not have fit inthere.
At all. Minutes before the pick was due, the Lakerstold the Hornet’s who to pick. After the draft, the trade was briefly putin jeopardy when Divac threatened to retire, rather than go play in Charlotte. However, he eventually relented and a fewdays later, on July 9th, 1996, the trade was made official.
Bryant, still only 17, had to have his parentsco-sign his contract with him, which totaled three years and $3.5 Million dollars.
As a rookie in the 1996-97 season, Kobe mostlycame off the bench behind their more established guards.
Initially he played limited minutes as hebecame more accustomed to the league, but that playing time steadily began to rise higherand higher.
That first year he also won the 1997 SlamDunk Contest.
By the end of his rookie campaign he had alreadymade an imprint on the league and been named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Then came his first taste of the playoffs. The Lakers advanced to the Western ConferenceSemifinals against the Utah Jazz.
By Game 5, a series of events ensured thatKobe was pressed into a leading role. Byron Scott missed the game with a sprainedwrist, Robert Horry was ejected for fighting with Jeff Hornacek and Shaq fouled out with1:46 remaining in the fourth. Kobe stepped up and… shot four AIR BALLSto end the game.
The Jazz won 98-93 in overtime and took theseries 4-1.
Despite the loss, his teammates had his backwith Shaq saying: QUOTE “[Bryant] was the only guy who hadthe guts at the time to take shots like that.” By his second season, Kobe was showing offhis ever-deepening bag of tricks.
That year he was the runners-up for the NBA’sSixth Man of the Year and through fan voting became the youngest All-Star starter in leaguehistory.
But it was his third year in the league thatofficially marked his emergence as a premier player.
Jones and Van Exel were traded to make roomfor his growth and Kobe started every game for a lockout shortened 50-game season.
Despite already being compared favorably toother greats like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, Kobe continued to face failure inthe playoffs.
That year, he and the Lakers were swept bythe San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals.
In November of 1999, a 21-year-old Kobe met17-year-old Vanessa Laine while she was working as a background dancer on The Eastsidaz musicvideo: “G’D Up”. Bryant, who famously told Shaq: … Had been in the building working on hisdebut musical album, one that was later scrapped, when he met Vanessa.
The two began dating and then six months laterthey became engaged. According to Vanessa’s cousin, there wasnever a prenuptial agreement because Kobe loved her too much for one.
The two would marry in 2001 and go on to havefour daughters over the course of their marriage.
In 1999, it wasn’t only Kobe’s fortunesthat were changing Phil Jackson was hired as his new head coachand by implementing the Triangle Offense and utilizing both Kobe and Shaq in creative andunique ways, the Lakers officially became a contender leading to a “three-peat”of championships. In the 1999-2000 Season, Kobe and Shaq ledthe Lakers to 67 wins during the regular season.
In game 7 of the Western Conference finalsagainst the Portland Trailblazers, Kobe came up clutch with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists,and 4 blocks! He even threw an alley-oop pass to Shaq inthe closing minutes to ice the game and series.
Then in the 2000 Finals, Kobe and the Lakerstook on Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers.
Kobe injured his ankle in Game 2 and he wasn’table to return to the series until Game 4. It wasn’t a moment too soon.
After Shaq fouled out of the game, Kobe putup 22 points in the second half and led his team to an Overtime victory.
He made the winning basket to put the Lakersup 120-118.
After rattling off two more victories in arow, Kobe had won his first championship.
The 2000-2001 season saw a dip in the Lakers regular season win total with only 56 games won, but they would go on to rally in theplayoffs, blowing through the competition and going 15-1, with their only loss comingfrom Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76er’s in Game One of the NBA Finals. Kobe would average 29.4 points, 7.3 rebounds,and 6.1 assists a game throughout these playoffs, leading Shaq, whose never been known as someonequick to praise, to declare Bryant the best player in the league. In the 2001-2002 season, Kobe won his firstAll-Star MVP while playing in his home-town Philly crowd.
Despite the close proximity to home, he wasloudly booed by fans throughout the game stemming from an incident he had had with a fan duringthe previous year’s finals, saying that the Lakers were going to “Cut the heartsout” of the Philly fan base. The Lakers won 58 games that year before enteringthe playoffs, but their road to the finals would be much tougher than the year prior. While they swept the Blazers in the firstround and only lost one game to the Spurs in the semifinals, they didn’t have homecourt advantage against the Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference Finals.
The series would stretch to seven games, butthe Lakers were able to escape with the victory, making their third consecutive Finals appearance.
Facing off against the New Jersey Nets, Kobewould go onto score a quarter of his team’s points throughout the series, averaging almost27 points a game. At 23, Kobe had become the youngest playerin league history to win three championships.
His notable performances in the fourth quarterof games, especially in the last two rounds of these playoffs would cement his reputationas a “Clutch Player”.
During the 2002-2003 season, Kobe would embarkon a historic scoring run, posting 40 or more points in nine consecutive games, but afterfinishing 50-32, the Lakers stumbled in the playoffs and lost in the Western ConferenceSemi-Finals in 6 games to the eventual NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs.
The next season, the Lakers were able to acquireNBA All-Stars, Karl Malone and Gary Payton to make another push for a championship.
But that year, Kobe was arrested for SexualAssault before the season began and he would go on to miss games due to ongoing court appearances.
Bryant admitted to having an adulterous relationshipwith a 19-year-old girl, but denied her sexual assault allegation.
Regardless, the accusation tarnished Bryant’sotherwise sterling reputation and the public perception of him plummeted. However, a little over a year later, the assaultcase was dropped by prosecutors after Bryant’s accuser decided not to testify at the trial.
Afterwards Bryant apologized to her for theincident sending out the following statement: QUOTE: “Although I truly believe this encounterbetween us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incidentthe same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listeningto her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels thatshe did not consent to this encounter.” A separate civil lawsuit was filed and thensettled out of court.
Despite everything going on in his personallife, Kobe and the Lakers still made the Finals that year, but they were upset in five gamesagainst the Detroit Pistons led by Chauncey Billups.
After that loss, it was the end of an era. Phil Jackson’s contract was not renewedand Shaq was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant. For his part, Kobe considered leaving theLakers for different pastures, but ultimately decided to return to the only home he wouldknow in the NBA, re-signing on a seven-year contract.
But now, Kobe was being scrutinized more thanever.
The coach that replaced Phil Jackson quithalfway through the following season and the Lakers went 34-48, missing the playoffs forthe first time in over a decade. The next year, Phil Jackson returned and heand Kobe led the Lakers back into the playoffs.
Kobe would also enjoy the finest statisticalseason of his career. On December 20th, 2005, he scored 62 pointsin 3 quarters against the Dallas Mavericks.
Entering the 4th quarter, Kobe outscored theentire Mavs team 62-61, the only time a player has ever done this.
Then on January 22nd, 2006, Kobe scored acareer-high 81 points in a 122-104 victory against the Toronto Raptors, the second highestpoint total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberland’s 100-point game in 1962.
The Lakers trailed by 14 at halftime and theyneeded every single one of Kobe’s baskets to help them win that game. Later that season, Kobe announced that hewould be changing his Jersey Number from 8 to 24.
His first high school number had been 24 beforehe switched it to 33. As a rookie, 24 was unavailable to Kobe and33 had been retired by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At the Adidas ABCD camp, Kobe wore the number143 and ended up choosing the number 8 by adding those numbers together.
That post-season, despite taking a 3-1 serieslead over the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers would go on to lose the series, breaking down inspectacular fashion. Kobe took the brunt of criticism for his performancein Game 7 after taking only three shots in the second half of a 121-90 loss. By 2007, Kobe was more or less done with losing On May 27th, he told ESPN that he wanted tobe traded if Jerry West did not return to the Lakers with full authority. After talking further with both West and Jackson,Kobe eventually rolled that demand back.
Assisted by a trade for All-Star Pau Gasol,Kobe led the Lakers to a 57-25 record and swept the Denver Nuggets out of the firstround of the playoffs.
They then defeated the Utah Jazz in the Semifinalsbefore taking on the Spurs once more in the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers defeated the Spurs in 5 games andwent on to face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Kobe and the Lakers lost to the Celtics in6 games.
The next season, the Lakers went 65-17. They defeated the Jazz once more in roundone in five games.
The Houston Rockets took them to 7 in theSemifinals and the Lakers finished off Denver in 6 games in the Western Conference Finals.
The Finals that year was a face-off betweenKobe and the Lakers against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Kobe finished them off in 5 and took homehis first NBA Finals MVP trophy. During the 2009-2010 Season, Kobe would surpassJerry West to become the all-time leading scorer in Laker franchise history. On April 2nd, 2010, he would sign a three-yearcontract extension worth $87 Million. In the playoffs, the Lakers would defeat OKCin 6 games, sweep the Utah Jazz in the second round, and defeat the Phoenix Suns in theWestern Conference Finals.
In a rematch of the 2008 Finals, LA once againtook on Boston, but this time with a different result.
The series went 7, but Kobe and LA pulledit out in the end, winning his fifth and final championship… one that was, according tohim, the most satisfying of all.
And while Kobe badly wanted a sixth championshipto match Michael Jordan’s total, sadly it was never to come to pass. In 2011, Kobe and the Lakers were swept bythe eventual NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks, in the second round.
Then, the following year, they were out in5, this time, against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 2012-2013 season was supposed to be Kobe’slast shot at a sixth title.
That year the Lakers reloaded their rosterwith Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.
Sports Illustrated covers came and went. INSERT SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER IMAGEBut the “Super-Team” never lived up to its potential.
Nash and Kobe both went through injury plagued seasons and the Lakers were fighting tooth and nail just to make the 7 seed in the West. Kobe was playing almost 48 minutes a game.
On April 10th, 2013, Kobe became the firstplayer in NBA history to get 47 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and threesteals in one NBA game.
Two days later, in a game against the GoldenState Warriors, Kobe tore his Achilles tendon, ending his season.
Playing without Kobe, the Lakers were sweptout of the playoffs in four games by the San Antonio Spurs in round one. Kobe returned to practice by November 2013and on the 25th of that year, he signed a $48.5 Million contract extension for two years.
This extension made him the league’s highestpaid player despite the fact that he accepted a discounted deal, having been eligible for$64 Million.
Kobe resumed playing on December 17th, butwould only play in a handful of games before suffering another injury, this time to hisleft knee. He was held out for the rest of the seasonas a precautionary measure and the Lakers missed the Playoffs. On December 14th, 2014 Kobe became the NBA’sthird All-Time Leading Scorer, passing Michael Jordan with 32,292 points. Another season-ending injury was right aroundthe corner though.
On January 21st, 2015, he tore his rotatorcuff in his right shoulder while going up for a two-handed slam. Kobe’s final season was the 2015-2016 campaign.
It was his 20th season with the team, surpassingJohn Stockton’s league record of 19 years with the Utah Jazz. By November 29th, Kobe announced via The Players’Tribune that he would be retiring at the end of the season.
He announced his retirement though a poementitled “Dear Basketball”: INSERT POEMIn a press-conference after the announcement, Kobe had this to say about his decision toretire at what was widely considered the lowest point of his career:INSERT QUOTE: “Even though I play like shit, I’ve worked really, really hard not to playlike crap and I do everything I possibly can. And I feel good about that.” Kobe was the leading All-Star vote-getterfor the 2016 All-Star Game in Toronto with 1.9 Million votes and in the Lakers seasonfinale on April 13th, Kobe scored an NBA-Season High 60 points against the Utah Jazz in hisfinal NBA game. He outscored the entire Jazz team himself23-21 in the 4th quarter, in the Lakers’ 101-96 victory.
He became the oldest player to score 60 ormore points in a game at 37 years and 234 days old. CLIP 15INSERT QUOTE: “I would go 0 for 30 before I would go 0 for 9; 0 for 9 means you beatyourself.” Most people tend to sit back and enjoy retirement.
If it wasn’t already clear by this point:Kobe Bryant is not most people. Instead he put down the ball and picked upa pen. Kobe’s second act was one of writing books,both for fans of his game and children of all ages… INSERT PICS OF MAMBA MENTALITY AND WIZENARDSERIES … and creating short films that won prestigious awards. I mean, the man retired from basketball in 2016 and within 2 years he had already won an Academy Award! Do you know how hard that is to do? Just ask LEO… IMAGE OF LEONARDO DiCaprio or Marty… IMAGE OF MARTIN Scorsecseit took these men damn near their entire careers to do that. So yeah, the Academy voted for Kobe because they already loved Kobe and had solidified his name locally and internationally.
But that love didn’t come from nothing. Kobe Bryant earned every bit of that love and respect with the blood, sweat, and tears he left on the court every night regardless of opponent or stakes.
If there was a game to be won, you could be damned sure that Kobe was going to fight tooth and nail to win it.
Which makes the reality of having now loathing, all the more difficult. On January 26th, 2020, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other individuals boarded a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter and departed fora basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks.
Due to light rain and fog that morning, mosta traffic had already been grounded. At 9:30 AM, the pilot was contacted by the Burbank Airport’s Control tower and told that they were flying too low to be tracked on radar.
At 9:40 the chopper began to climb rapidly from 1,200 feet to 2,000 feet, flying at approximately 185 Miles Per Hour. At 9:45 the helicopter crashed into the sided a mountain in Calabasas. Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and everyone else’s board were instantly killed.
Witness reports testify to seeing the helicopter in some form of distress, but ultimately the cause of the crash is still unknown.
The helicopter was not equipped with a black box. On January 28th, Kobe’s body was officially confirmed by using his fingerprints. Kobe and Gianna’s bodies were released to their family a few days later and that brings us to where we are today… … Lost and confused, grieving the senseless death of not only a man that gave us so much of himself, but eight other innocent lives that wanted nothing more to do that day than spend time with their loved ones, taking partin a game that meant so much to them. I think I speak for everyone here when I say this was not the way I was hoping 2020 would kick off.
When I mentioned earlier that you either lovedk or you hated him, I meant it. I was never a big Kobe fan… do I need to remind you for the third time what he used to do to my Raptors? But damn it if I didn’t respect the hell out of him.
And honestly, I didn’t realise quite how much until I got the news that he was gone. I think a lot of us felt that way at that moment.
The man used to terrorize my city and my team,but when I watched him play I knew that what he was creating was the very same thing he continued to create after retiring from the game… … ART.
Kobe Bryant made art.
And Basketball was his primary canvas.
So, thank you Kobe.
Thank you for helping me fall in love withthe game.
You and everyone else aboard that flight will be missed.
This has been Gone but not forgotten for
Kobe Bryant net worth
As of 2021, Kobe Bryant’s net worth stands at roughly $600 million. This includes earnings from his NBA salary, endorsement deals, liquidated investments, and media rights to his film and book releases
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Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s Burial and Grave
On February 7, 2020, the father and daughter were buried in a private ceremony.
Out of respect to the Bryants, no details have been shared about the service. Months on, this is still considered a testament and loyalty to the Bryants that no information has been leaked by those in attendance.
It is rare, unfortunately, that information about an event such as a famous person’s wedding or funeral isn’t leaked by someone.
Considering how everything that’s known about the helicopter crash that caused the deaths of nine people has been made public, this seems a small miracle.
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