For many, the GOAT: Highlights of Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career


Posted at Jan 27 2020 08:07 AM

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk against the New York Knicks during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, December 16, 2008. Lucy Nicholson, Reuters/file

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, died at age 41 on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California. Here is biographical information on him and highlights from his career.

  • Born in Philadelphia in 1978, son of former NBA player Joe 'Jellybean' Bryant
  • Lived for eight years in Italy, where his father played professionally after his National Basketball Association career ended
  • On returning to the United States, Kobe Bryant attended Lower Merion High School outside Philadelphia and gained a reputation as one of the best high school players in the country
  • Chosen as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 draft and immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers A forward and shooting guard, he made his NBA debut in November 1996 at the age of 18 and played 20 consecutive seasons in the league.
  • Nicknamed the 'Black Mamba,' he won NBA championships with the Lakers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010 Won the NBA Most Valuable Player award in 2008, and was named to the NBA All-Star team 18 times Won Olympic gold medals with the United States in 2008 and 2012
  • Retired in 2016 after playing 1,346 regular season games and averaging 25 points a game, twice leading the league in scoring
  • He earned more than $300 million on the court during his career.
  • His career points total of 33,643 is fourth on the all-time NBA list Off the court, he married Vanessa Laine in 2001 In 2005, he reached a civil settlement with a woman who said he raped her in a Colorado hotel
  • Died on Jan. 26, 2020, when a helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California

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