Kobe Bryant Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of former NBA player Kobe Bryant, who played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers....

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 6:47 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2018 6:47 PM

Here's a look at the life of former NBA player Kobe Bryant, who played 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Personal:
Birth date: August 23, 1978

Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birth name: Kobe Bean Bryant

Father: Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player

Mother: Pam Bryant

Marriage: Vanessa (Laine) Bryant (April 18, 2001-present)

Children: Bianka, December 2016; Gianna, May 2006; Natalia, January 2003

Other Facts:
Bryant is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.

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.

Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. He speaks Italian fluently.

Nominated for one Academy Award and won once.

He entered the NBA straight out of high school.

In 1996, Bryant was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

He played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant has two Olympic gold medals for men's basketball.

Bryant is third on the NBA all-time scoring list. He has also won five NBA championships.

Timeline:
1996 - Finishes his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of southeastern Pennsylvania basketball. He leads the Lower Merion Aces to a season record of 31-3 and the Class-AAAA state championship.

1996 - USA Today names him the National High School Player of the Year, and he wins the Naismith Player of the Year.

June 26, 1996 - Bryant is selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.

July 11, 1996 - Is traded by Charlotte to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.

1996-2016 - Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

1996-1997 - Is named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

February 1997 - Wins the All-Star Weekend slam dunk competition, but does not play in the All-Star game.

1998 - He is the youngest starter, at 19, in his first All-Star game.

2000-2002 - The LA Lakers win the NBA Championship three years in a row.

2002 - First of four times being named All-Star MVP. He's also named in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

July 18, 2003 - Bryant is charged with one count of sexual assault in a case involving a 19-year-old hotel worker. The charge accuses Bryant of "sexual penetration or intrusion and (that) he caused submission of the victim through actual physical force," according to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

January 19, 2004 - McDonald's announces that it will not renew Bryant's endorsement contract, which expired in December 2003.

August 10, 2004 - The same woman from the criminal court case files a lawsuit in federal court in Denver. The woman, under the name of "Jane Doe," claims Bryant raped her in his hotel room in a Vail-area resort in 2003 - the same incident alleged in the criminal charge against him. The suit is for an unspecified amount of damages.

September 1, 2004 - The criminal sexual assault charge is dropped.

January 22, 2006 - Bryant scores 81 points in the Lakers' 122-104 win over Toronto. Only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962 tops this performance.

March 2, 2005 - The accuser agrees to settle her civil lawsuit. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

May 2008 - Wins the NBA regular season MVP award.

August 24, 2008 - Bryant wins a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics as a member of the US men's basketball team.

2009-2010 - The Lakers win back-to-back NBA championships.

June 14, 2009 - Is named the NBA Finals MVP.

February 1, 2010 - He surpasses Jerry West's career record of 25,192 as the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time leading scorer, with 25,208 points.

June 17, 2010 - For the second year in a row is named the NBA Finals MVP.

April 13, 2011 - Bryant is fined $100,000 by the NBA for making an anti-gay slur at a referee during a game on April 12.

December 16, 2011 - Vanessa Bryant files for divorce.

August 12, 2012 - Is a member of gold medal-winning US men's basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.

January 11, 2013 - Announces on Facebook he and Vanessa have reconciled.

April 12, 2013 - Tears his left Achilles tendon in game against Golden State Warriors. Successful surgery to repair the injury will leave him unable to play for six to nine months.

May 8, 2013 - Files a lawsuit to stop his mother, Pamela Bryant, from auctioning off memorabilia from the beginning of his basketball career. Bryant claims he did not give his mother permission to sell the items. A settlement is reached in June.

December 8, 2013 - Bryant returns from his Achilles injury.

December 17, 2013 - Breaks a bone in his left knee in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies and will be out for six weeks.

March 12, 2014 - The Lakers announce that Bryant will not play the rest of the season, after team doctors determine the fractured lateral tibial plateau of his left knee has not healed.

October 28, 2014 - Bryant plays for the first time since December 2013, in the regular season opener.

December 14, 2014 - Surpasses Michael Jordan to become third on the NBA's all-time scoring list, with 32,310 career points.

January 28, 2015 - Undergoes surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff and is expected to be out nine months.

July 28, 2015 - Lakers Coach Byron Scott announces that Bryant may play a power forward position instead of his usual guard position, when he returns in October. Kobe has played the guard position since he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.

October 4, 2015 - Makes his return in a preseason game against the Utah Jazz after undergoing season-ending surgery in January.

November 29, 2015 - In a post on The Players' Tribune, announces he intends to retire at the end of the NBA season.

April 13, 2016 - Scores 60 points in his final game, helping the Lakers defeat the Utah Jazz 101-96.

December 18, 2017 - The Lakers retire Bryant's jersey numbers, No. 8 and No. 24, during a ceremony at halftime.

March 4, 2018 - Wins an Academy Award for best short animated film for "Dear Basketball."

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