Kobe Bean Bryant was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won many accolades: five NBA championships, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), two-time NBA Finals MVP winner.
He was widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history on February 1, 2010, surpassing Jerry West. Bryant was also the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
His 18 All-Star designations are the second most all time, while it is the record for most consecutive appearances as a starter. Bryant’s four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history. He gave himself the nickname “Black Mamba” in the mid-2000s, relating to the eponymous snake’s ability to “strike with 99% accuracy at maximum speed, in rapid succession”, and the epithet became widely adopted by the general public.
At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. Citing his physical decline, Bryant retired after the 2015-16 season. In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2017 film Dear Basketball. On January 26, 2020, Bryant was killed, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
Kobe Byrant had an estimated net worth of $500 million at the time of his death.
Date of birth:
August 23, 1978
Date of death:
January 26, 2020
United States of America
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