Ten fun facts about Kobe Bryant
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Born on Aug. 23, 1978, he is nicknamed the “Black Mamba”.
He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships.
Bryant is a 15-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive team.
Bryant speaks fluent Italian, having spent eight childhood years in Italy.Fact 5
Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002.Fact 6
At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.Fact 7
He is also the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history.Fact 8
At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the USA national team.Fact 9
Sporting News and TNT named Bryant the top NBA player of the 2000s.Fact 10
His parents named him after a type of steak. The beef is from a species of cattle, Wagyu, raised in the Kobe region of Japan. Go to more people facts ❯
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