Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American former professional basketball player.wikipedia
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Los Angeles Lakers

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He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
After Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson retired, the team struggled in the early 1990s, before acquiring Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in 1996.

Shaq–Kobe feud

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Despite a feud between the two players, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.
The Shaq–Kobe feud was the conflict between National Basketball Association (NBA) players Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, who played together on the Los Angeles Lakers from 1996 to 2004.

Joe Bryant

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Bryant is the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant.
Joseph Washington "Jellybean" Bryant (born October 19, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player, current coach, and the father of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

List of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders

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He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.

1996 NBA draft

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Upon graduation, he declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick; the Hornets then traded him to the Lakers.
The draft class produced three players who won NBA MVP awards (Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash), seven other drafted players who became All-Stars (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojaković, Antoine Walker), and one undrafted All-Star (Ben Wallace), for a grand total of 11 All-Stars.

List of National Basketball Association single-game scoring leaders

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In 2006, he scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second most points scored in a single game in league history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.
Only five players have scored 60 or more points on more than one occasion: Wilt Chamberlain (32 times), Kobe Bryant (6 times), Michael Jordan (5 times), Elgin Baylor (4 times), and James Harden (4 times).

Kobe Bryant sexual assault case

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In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault, but the charges were eventually dropped and a civil suit was settled out of court.
The Kobe Bryant sexual assault case began in July 2003 when the news media reported that the sheriff's office in Eagle, Colorado, had arrested professional basketball player Kobe Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a 19-year-old hotel employee.

List of National Basketball Association career playoff scoring leaders

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He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.

2006–07 NBA season

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He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.

Bob Pettit

His four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history.
He also won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award four times, a feat matched only by Kobe Bryant.

List of National Basketball Association annual scoring leaders

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He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons and ranks third on the league's all-time regular season scoring and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.
Paul Arizin, Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden have each won the scoring title twice.

2015–16 NBA season

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Citing his physical decline, Bryant retired after the 2015–16 season.

NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award

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His four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history.
Bob Pettit and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to win the All-Star Game MVP four times.

2009 NBA Finals

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After the Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the team to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the Finals MVP Award on both occasions.
Kobe Bryant led the team to a Game 1 win with 40 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

List of National Basketball Association seasons played leaders

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Bryant is the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons.
His Minnesota Timberwolves played their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who became the fifth player to reach the 20-season plateau that night.

Basketball at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team.

Lower Merion High School

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He enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country.
Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant led Lower Merion to the state championship before graduating in 1996.

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award

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After the Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the team to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the Finals MVP Award on both occasions.
Willis Reed, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant won the award twice.

Shaquille O'Neal

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Despite a feud between the two players, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.
With the tandem of O'Neal and teenage superstar Kobe Bryant, expectations for the Lakers increased.

2010 NBA Finals

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After the Lakers lost in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant led the team to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, earning the Finals MVP Award on both occasions.
Repeated baskets from starters Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Ron Artest brought the Lakers close to victory in Game 1.

2005–06 NBA season

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He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.

Dear Basketball

In 2018, Bryant won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his film Dear Basketball.
Dear Basketball is a 2017 American animated short film written and narrated by Kobe Bryant and directed and animated by Glen Keane, with music by John Williams.

National Basketball Association

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He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Tim Duncan and David Robinson won the 1999 championship with the Spurs, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant started the 2000s with three consecutive championships for the Lakers.

1996–97 Charlotte Hornets season

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Upon graduation, he declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick; the Hornets then traded him to the Lakers.
In the 1996 NBA Draft, the Hornets selected Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick.

2000 NBA Finals

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Despite a feud between the two players, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.
Jackson, famous for coaching Michael Jordan and the six-time champion Chicago Bulls, would build his triangle offense around Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.