Who is Kobe Bryant?
Kobe Bryant is a past NBA player who has played for Los Angeles Lakers for 20 years in his NBA career. He was fortunate enough to get a direct entry into the team after high school. He has assisted the Lakers in winning five championships. He has also won 18 times ‘All-Star Player’ of the NBA.
Kobe Bean Bryant was born on 23 August 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA, into a catholic family and to a father who was once a professional basketball player. Kobe’s tremendous talent on the basketball court landed him a huge fan base and an even greater one. During his NBA career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers Club, his salary reached a mind-boggling $30.5 million, second only to Michael Jordan in earning a salary this large. An example of Kobe’s continuing worth to the team is that in 2010 he validated a two-year contract extending his career with the club, allegedly worth $83.5 million. Kobe Bryant also surpassed the list of the Forbes highest-earning NBA players with a salary $7 million higher than any other player’s. In expansion to his numerous accomplishments playing for the Lakers, the guard also won two gold medals playing with the US basketball team at the Summer Olympic games of 2008 and 2012.
Kobe Bryant Net Worth and Salary
The 41-year-old is said to have a net worth of $600 million in 2022. Most of his net worth is obtained from his salary, endorsements, and investments. It is published that Bryant amassed just over $328 million in salary alone.
His highest salary cap with the Lakers was around $30 million during the 2013-14 season. However, his salary was $25 million during the time of his retirement.
Kobe Bryant was born in 1978 on 23rd August in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Pam Bryant and Joe Bryant. His father was also a basketball player, so it comes as no shock as to where Kobe got his talent from. He also has two elder sisters. He was raised in Philadelphia. He went to Lower Merion High School, where he was pushed as an athlete and later he was directly drafted by the Lakers right after he finalized his High School.
Kobe Bryant Personal Life
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bryant is the son of the previous NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. He also has two older sisters named Sharia Bryant and Shaya Bryant.
Bryant got married to Vanessa Bryant in 2001 and has given birth to four children together. They are named Gianna Maria-Onroe Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant, and Capri Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant played basketball in shooting guard position. Kobe Bryant rapidly rose to notoriety in his High School and soon became the best player in Philadelphia, this garnered Laker’s attention, who rapidly drafted him. In his NBA career of 20 years, he has been glued to the Lakers and helped himself and the team in setting up some new records. He was officially signed by the Lakers in 1996.
Later he also symbolized the United States team in World Championships and Olympic Games. In 2016, he officially declared openly his retirement from the team and as well as the NBA. Kobe Bryant has a record of making 33,643 points, 7047 rebounds, and 6306 assists in his career. He has supported numbers 8 and 24 on his jersey.
Awards & Achievements
Kobe Bryant has won titles like 5 ‘NBA champion’ (2000–2002, 2009, 2010), 2 ‘NBA Finals MVP’ (2009, 2010), ‘NBA Most Valuable Player (2008), 18 ‘NBA All-Star’ (1998, 2000–2016), 4 ‘NBA All-Star Game MVP’ (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011), 11 ‘All-NBA First Team’ (2002–2004, 2006–2013), 2 ‘All-NBA Second Team’ (2000, 2001), 2 ‘All-NBA Third Team’ (1999, 2005), 9 ‘NBA All-Defensive First Team’ (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011), 3 ‘NBA All-Defensive Second Team’ (2001, 2002, 2012), 2 ‘NBA scoring champion’ (2006, 2007), and ‘NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion’. He has also won two Olympic Gold Medals in 2008 and 2012, for the United States Basketball team. In 2007 he also won the ‘FIFA Americas Championship’ for the USA.
Profile summary of Kobe Bryant
Full Name Kobe Bean Bryant
Birth Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Father’s Name Joe Bryant
Mother’s Name Pamela Cox Bryant
Star Sign Virgo
Net Worth (2021) $600 Million
Salary (2021) $25 million
Date of Birth August 23, 1978
Died January 26, 2020
Height (ft) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight (kg) 96 (212 lb)
NBA Draft Year 1996
NBA Draft Pick Round 1/ Pick: 13th overall
Playing Career 1996-2016
Position Shooting guard
Teams Los Angeles Lakers
Achievements 5x NBA champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010), 2x NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010), NBA MVP (2008), 18x NBA All-Star, 4x NBA All-Star Game MVP, Gold at 2008 Beijing Olympics, Gold at 2012 London Olympics
Wife/Girlfriend Vanessa Bryant
Children Gianna Maria-Onroe Bryant, Bianka Bella Bryant, Natalia Diamante Bryant, Capri Kobe Bryant
Endorsements Nike, Sprite, McDonald’s, Turkish Airlines Lenovo, Hublot, Panini, Alibaba, Sina.com, and Mercedes
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