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About Kobe Bryant

Last update: February, 2017

Kobe Bryant is a famous American basketball player and one of the world's most popular athletes. He is the third NBA All-Time Points Leaders, having won five championships and having been selected to play the All-Star Game 17 times. Bryant also won the gold medal with USA in 2008.

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23rd, 1978 in Philadelphia and his interest in basketball comes from his father, Joe \"Jellybean\" Bryant, Philadelphia 76ers ex-player. The famous basketball player lived in Italy until 1991, when he returned to the United States and enrolled in Lower Marion high school. Bryant started playing in the team of the institution, the Aces, and has the record for highest scorer in history with 2883 points. In 1996, at the age of 18 when finishing secondary school, Bryant chose not to go to college and submitted to the NBA Draft and joint Lakers, team he would play throughout his career.

Despite being unnoticed during his first seasons due to his youth, the basketball player Kobe Bryant became to stand out in the NBA two years after he signed, with an average of 20 points per game and being one of the regular starters. Bryant hit on well with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal, winning three straight years the championship ring NBA seasons from 1999 to 2001. When O'Neal left the Lakers, Bryant became the team leader, being the league point’s leader with 35.4 points on average in 2005. After years without great results due to a team restructuring, in 2009 they beat Orlando Magic in the final series and Bryant was MVP. In 2010 they won against Boston Celtics and he got his second trophy of best player in the NBA finals.

In 2015 the basketball player announced his retirement from basketball after a successful 20-year career in which he became one of the best basketball players in history and heir to the great Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant wrote a poem to say goodbye in an emotional ceremony with thousands of fans. This was an unprecedented event in the NBA and a sign of affection that the player felt for the team in which he played his entire career.