Kobe Bryant, in full Kobe Bean Bryant, (brought into the world August 23, 1978, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.), American professional basketball player, who helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to five titles (2000–02, 2009–10).
Bryant's father, Joe ("Jelly Bean") Bryant, was a professional basketball player who burned through eight seasons in the NBA and eight all the more playing in Italy, where Bryant went to class. At the point when his family came back to the United States, Bryant played basketball at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where he got a few national Player of the Year grants and broke the southeastern Pennsylvania scoring record set by Wilt Chamberlain with 2,883. Bryant selected to swear off college and pronounced himself qualified for the NBA draft when he moved on from secondary school. The Charlotte Hornets picked him with the thirteenth pick of the 1996 draft. He was exchanged to the Lakers presently and turned into the second most youthful NBA player in history when the 1996–97 season opened. He immediately demonstrated his legitimacy with the Lakers and was chosen for the NBA All-Star Game in simply his second season, turning into the most youthful elite player.
Bryant was compelled to share the job of the Lakers' headliner with his well known and skilled colleague Shaquille O'Neal. The two had an uneasy relationship, however they discovered accomplishment under the authority of Phil Jackson, who progressed toward becoming mentor of the Lakers in 1999. Bryant, a shooting gatekeeper, and O'Neal, a middle, coincided into a strikingly successful blend, and, when Bryant was 23, the Lakers had won three back to back NBA titles.
In the wake of winning their third title in 2002, Bryant and the Lakers experienced troubles. In the 2003 play-offs the Lakers were crushed in the second round. A while later Bryant was blamed for assaulting a young lady in Colorado. He kept up his guiltlessness, and all charges were in the long run dropped. The episode, in any case, extraordinarily discolored his picture. Driven by Bryant, the Lakers came back to the finals in 2004, however they were furious about the Detroit Pistons. O'Neal in this manner was exchanged, and Bryant rose as the group's sole chief.
Bryant drove the league in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, and in 2008 he was named the league's MVP without precedent for his career. Bryant won his fourth NBA title in 2009, and he was named the finals MVP in the wake of averaging an excellent 32.4 focuses per game in the arrangement. He drove the Lakers to their third straight Western Conference title in 2009–10, and he was afresh named NBA finals MVP after the Lakers vanquished the Boston Celtics in a seven-game arrangement. The Lakers won division titles in every one of the accompanying seasons yet were wiped out in the second round of each postseason. Entering the 2012–13 season, the Lakers included geniuses Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to their lineup and were viewed as one of the preseason title top picks, however the baffling group was scarcely poised to fit the bill for the last Western Conference play-off spot when Bryant burst his Achilles ligament in April 2013, making him miss the remainder of the period. (The Lakers were eventually the eighth and last play-off seed that season and were cleared in their first arrangement.) He came back to the court in December 2013 yet played in only six amusements before breaking his kneecap and missing the rest of that season too. Bryant returned for the start of the 2014–15 season before he was again harmed, tearing his rotator sleeve in January 2015. He played practically the majority of the accompanying season however again battled, with a career-low .358 shooting rate while averaging 17.6 focuses per game, and he resigned following the last normal season round of the 2015–16 season.
Notwithstanding his professional achievements, he was likewise an individual from the gold-decoration winning U.S. men's basketball groups at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2015 Bryant composed the sonnet "Dear Basketball," and after two years it filled in as the reason for a short film of a similar name, which he likewise described. The work won an Academy Award for best energized short film. In 2018 Bryant distributed the book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play, in which he portrayed his way to deal with basketball; the title reflected one of his monikers, "The Black Mamba."