Kobe Bryant is a shooting guard who plays for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. He was born Aug. 23, 1978, and is the son of former NBA player and coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. Bryant was considered the best high school player in the country when he was drafted in 1996 at age 18, making him the youngest starting player in NBA history.
Youngest Player Records
Bryant is only the sixth player in NBA history to start playing in the league directly out of high school. He holds several records, including being the youngest player to start in a regular game and an All-Star game. Bryant is the youngest player to score 27,000 points, which he did at age 32, surpassing the record previously held by Wilt Chamberlain. He is also the youngest player to be named to both the NBA's All-Rookie Team and All-Defensive Team.
Bryant is the Los Angeles Lakers' all time scoring leader. He is also the fourth highest all-time in postseason scoring and sixth all-time in regular-season scoring in the league. Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors, which is second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game as the most points scored in a single game in NBA history.
Championships and Olympics
Bryant has led the Lakers to five NBA championships, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010. He also won a gold medal against Spain as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He has agreed to play for the U.S. men's basketball team at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Bryant was named the regular season Most Valuable Player in 2008 and is a 15-time Player of the Month. He was voted 13 times to the All-NBA Team and 11 times to the All-Defensive Team. Bryant also was voted the All-Star MVP in 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In 1997, he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. At the time of publication, he already has had five 60-point games, 24 50-point games and 107 40-point games.
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