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Bryant on January 25, 2010
.Los Angeles Lakers  – No.^ Laker Victory Lap : This afternoon, Los Angeles is celebrating its NBA championship with a Lakers victory parade.
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^ See It Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Gold Toddler Jersey 3T .

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Shooting guard
Born August 23, 1978 (1978-08-23) (age 31)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League NBA
Salary $23,034,375[1]
High school Lower Merion HS,
Lower Merion, Pennsylvania
Draft 13th overall, 1996
Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 1996–present
Awards NBA Champion
(2000, 2001, 2002, 2009)
NBA Finals MVP
(2009)
NBA Most Valuable Player
(2008)
12× NBA All-Star
(1998, 20002010)
NBA Scoring Champion
(20062007)
All-NBA First Team
(20022004, 20062009)
All-NBA Second Team
(20002001)
All-NBA Third Team
(1999, 2005)
All-Defensive First Team
(2000, 20032004, 20062009)
All-Defensive Second Team
(20012002)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team
(1997)
NBA All-Star Game MVP
(2002, 2007, 2009)
NBA Slam Dunk Champion
(1997)
Naismith Prep Player of the Year
(1996)
Profile Info Page
.Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978(1978-08-23)) is an American shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).^ Only Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has received more votes, with 692,518.

^ August 23, 1978 .
  • Kobe Bryant Stats, News, Photos - Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

.Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career and made instant headlines when he decided to go directly into the NBA upon graduation.^ Bryant led Lower Merion to the Class AAAA state title in 1996, then became the sixth high school player in history to go directly to the NBA. .
  • USATODAY.com - Judge dismisses Bryant rape case 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ While his SAT score of 1080 would have ensured his basketball scholarship to various top-tier colleges, Bryant eventually scrapped his original plans of continuing on to college by making the leap from high school directly to the NBA, a bold but controversial decision made by the then 17-year-old.
  • Kobe Bryant - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Bryant rose to national prominence in 1996 when he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of high school.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

.He was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.^ Los Angeles Lakers, baby!
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe was drafted in 1996 in 1st round, the 13th pick overall by the Hornets, and was subsequently traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divacs.
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Before he was chosen as the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, the 17-year-old Bryant had made a lasting impression on then-Lakers general manager Jerry West , who immediately foresaw potential in Bryant's basketball ability during pre-draft workouts.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

.Bryant and then-teammate Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.^ Bryant and then-teammate Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Their success gave the Lakers three consecutive NBA championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]
  • Kobe Bryant - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Bryant also resolved his conflict with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

.After O'Neal's departure following the 2003–04 season, Bryant became the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise.^ After the Lakers' season ended, Bryant said on TNT that he wanted 24 as a rookie, but it was unavailable, as was 33, retired with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar .
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ During 2003, the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case had tarnished Kobe's image, but before this point Bryant was known to publicly fight with then team-mate Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Kobe Bryant - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Since O'Neal's departure following the 2004 season, Bryant has become the cornerstone of the Lakers' franchise, and was the NBA leading scorer during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

.He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Since O'Neal's departure following the 2004 season, Bryant has become the cornerstone of the Lakers' franchise, and was the NBA leading scorer during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ But yet kobe’s the one that LED the NBA in FT attempts in ‘07 & has finished in the Top 3 SEVERAL times!
  • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

[2] .In 2006, Bryant scored a career high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second highest number of points scored in a single game in NBA history,[3] second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point performance.^ InsideHoops.com - Kobe Bryant 81 points scored, Kobe Scores 81 - Bryant Scores 81 points .
  • InsideHoops.com - Kobe Bryant 81 points scored, Kobe Scores 81 - Bryant Scores 81 points 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.insidehoops.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ This was the second best scoring performance of his 11-year career.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

.Bryant was awarded the regular season's Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in the 2007–08 season and led his team to the 2008 NBA Finals as the first seed in the Western Conference.^ NBA All-Star Game MVP 2006-07 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2007-08 NBA MVP 2008-09 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2008-09 NBA Finals MVP .
  • Kobe Bryant NBA & ABA Basketball Statistics | Basketball-Reference.com 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.basketball-reference.com [Source type: General]

^ He was named most valuable player in the NBA All-Star game in the 2002 season.
  • CNN.com - Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault - Jul. 19, 2003 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ The transformation began in 2007-08 when Bryant won MVP during the regular season.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

[4] .He won his fourth NBA championship in 2009, leading the Lakers to their fifteenth title.^ LA Lakers---2009 NBA Champions .
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ In 2009 Bryant won his fourth NBA championship leading the Lakers to their fifteenth title winning his first Finals MVP award.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ China’s embrace is largely an appreciation of Mr. Bryant’s basketball talent—he won his fourth NBA title earlier this month with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Kobe Bryant Conquers China - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

.He also won his first Finals MVP award.^ Kobe should have won more than one MVP award and definitely should have been in the top 3 every year in this decade.
  • Sporting News' NBA Athlete of the Decade: Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers - Sporting News - NBA - Sporting News 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.sportingnews.com [Source type: General]

^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ If they gave out MVP awards for the first half, it would've been Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck in a rout.

.In 2008, he won a gold medal as a member of the 2008 Summer Olympics U.S. Men's Basketball Team, occasionally referred to as "The Redeem Team," a play on the name of the first Olympic team that featured NBA players, the Dream Team.^ It was the first Olympic gold for every other player on the U.S. squad.
  • Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics .
  • Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

^ REPORTED: Doug Urquilla Jr. AUG 99 In 1984 during the Summer Olympics the US mens basketball team was visiting Disneyland and I rode on the same boat on Pirates of the Caribbean with some of the team including Michael Jordan.
  • Celebraties at Disneyland 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.oitc.com [Source type: General]

[5] .Since his second year in the league, Bryant has started in every NBA All-Star Game that has been hosted, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2002, 2007, and 2009.^ Bryant leads West to easy All-Star game win .

^ In 1998, Bryant became the youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star game.
  • CNN.com - Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault - Jul. 19, 2003 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

^ He was named most valuable player in the NBA All-Star game in the 2002 season.
  • CNN.com - Kobe Bryant charged with sexual assault - Jul. 19, 2003 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC edition.cnn.com [Source type: News]

.In 2009 Bryant had the top-selling jersey in the United States, Europe, and China.^ In 1991, the Bryants moved back to the United States.
  • Kobe Bryant - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ Everyday myself and Kobe Bryant worked with the top20 2-guards in the United States.

[6] .Although known by several names throughout his career, Bryant's current nickname is Black Mamba.^ This PTR 2.10 and the current known state of druid epic itemization severely reduces the chance I will be able to do so.
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^ Although when challenged, he can always put on his Black Mamba game face and devour anyone who tries to get in his path.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ He is the self-styled black mamba, known for its striking ability, aggression, and speed.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

.After having been represented by Arn Tellem, Bryant is now represented by Rob Pelinka.^ Neither Bryant's parents, his two sisters, longtime advisor and agent Arn Tellem, nor Bryant's Laker teammates attended.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

[7] .In 2010, Bryant became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers history.^ Kobe Bryant , only this time it wasn't Kobe leading the Lakers in scoring.

^ The Orange County Register (1 day ago) Ding column: Kobe Bryant's fractured index finger remains an issue for the Lakers as their schedule turns nasty for the first time all season.
  • Kobe Bryant Stats, News, Photos - Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC espn.go.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

.In 2003, Bryant made headlines when he was accused of sexual assault at a hotel in Edwards, Colorado by a hotel employee.^ I n the summer of 2003, after six years of meticulously cultivating a spotless image and building a seemingly indestructible empire of endorsements and outside business interests, Kobe was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old girl in Colorado.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ During 2003, the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case had tarnished Kobe's image, but before this point Bryant was known to publicly fight with then team-mate Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Kobe Bryant - ArmchairGM - Sports Wiki Database 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC armchairgm.wikia.com [Source type: General]

^ So, Kobe has been charged with sexual assault, and while proclaiming his innocence of that charge, has acknowledged having sex with the 19-year-old ex-cheerleader in question: Bryant charged but declares his innocence .
  • lies.com » Kobe Bryant: Adulterer (+ Rapist?) 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.lies.com [Source type: Original source]

.Bryant admitted an adulterous sexual encounter with the accuser, but denied the sexual assault allegation.^ Bryant admitted having sex with his accuser but insisted it was consensual.
  • Kobe Bryant Conquers China - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

^ So, Kobe has been charged with sexual assault, and while proclaiming his innocence of that charge, has acknowledged having sex with the 19-year-old ex-cheerleader in question: Bryant charged but declares his innocence .
  • lies.com » Kobe Bryant: Adulterer (+ Rapist?) 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.lies.com [Source type: Original source]

.In September 2004, prosecutors dropped the case after his accuser informed them that she was unwilling to testify.^ The case was dismissed after his accuser declined to testify against him.
  • Kobe Bryant Conquers China - WSJ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC online.wsj.com [Source type: News]

[8] .Bryant's accuser brought a separate civil suit against him that was ultimately settled out of court.^ And though the case crumbled before going to trial (and was settled out of court), Kobe and his marketing appeal took a death blow.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Bryant teased and pleased a sold-out crowd that took turns booing him and saluting him with "MVP!'' chants during an electrifying performance.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

^ But that Bryant wasn't available to play against the Chicago Bulls, so they settled for the Bryant who is capable of fighting through a debilitating injury to lead them to a victory.

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Early years

.Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the youngest of three children and the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant.^ Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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^ Kobe Bryant 5 the best player in the NBA. .
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe Bryant thinks he's bigger than the mayor of Los Angeles.
  • RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Celtics Fans: Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.redsarmy.com [Source type: General]

[2] He is also the maternal nephew of John "Chubby" Cox. .His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.^ (He named his son after the pampered Japanese beef: Kobe Bean Bryant.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

^ They should change the name the Los Angelos Kobe's.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And they like HIM better than they like Kobe.
  • RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Celtics Fans: Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.redsarmy.com [Source type: General]

[2] .When Bryant was six, his father left the NBA and moved his family to Italy to begin playing professional basketball.^ Having a father that played, and a father who always challenged me to become a better basketball player than him.
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^ Now if you watch NBA basketball there isn’t anyone that plays denial defense as a philosophy.

^ I thought that you come into the NBA, you play basketball all day.
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[9] .Bryant became accustomed to his new lifestyle and learned to speak Italian and Spanish fluently.^ Bryant acclimated to the lifestyle there and became fluent in Italian.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Even the best of the best, Kobe Bryant, is always trying to learn something new.

[9][10] .During summers, Bryant would come back to the United States to play in a basketball summer league.^ In 1991, the Bryants moved back to the United States.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Regarding his injury, he stated, "I would prefer to delay any surgical procedure until after our Lakers season, and this summer's Olympic Games.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ I thought that you come into the NBA, you play basketball all day.
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[11] .He started playing basketball when he was 3 years old,[12] and at an early age he learned to play soccer; his favorite team was AC Milan.^ At an early age, he learned to play soccer.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ They are my second favorite NBA team for the way they play, having lost the 3 marquee names from last year.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ What to do if you’re eight months pregnant but want to hang out at the sports bar watching your favorite team play.

[13] .He has said that if he had stayed in Italy, he would have tried to become a professional soccer player;[13] Bryant is a big fan of former FC Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard and their former player Ronaldinho.^ He has said that if he had stayed in Italy, he would have tried to become a professional soccer player, and that his favorite team is FC Barcelona.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ "He is the best player in the game, the way he plays, the way he dominates,'' Foye said of Bryant.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

[14] .Upon Joe Bryant's retirement from playing basketball in 1991, the Bryant family moved back to the United States.^ The Bryant family’s basketball odyssey continued.
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^ In 1991, the Bryants moved back to the United States.
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^ The Bryants spent the 1991-92 European season in France after Joe latched on with a new team.
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High school

.Bryant earned national recognition during a spectacular high school career at Lower Merion High School located in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion.^ Kobe earned national recognition during a spectacular high school career at Lower Merion High School , a Philadelphia suburban school.
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^ Bryant at Lower Merion High School , 1996.
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^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.His father coached him his sophomore (second) year of high school.^ I have known and worked with KD since his junior year of high school; so it is always nice to catch up with him.

^ At the time, however, speculation was that he would attend La Salle , his father's alma mater and the school where his father was an assistant coach at the time.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Ever since I met Clayton Hanson as a sophomore in high school I knew he was going to be successful no matter what he did.

.At Adidas ABCD camp, Bryant earned the 1995 senior MVP award,[15] while playing alongside future NBA teammate Lamar Odom.^ Bryant wore 143 at the Adidas ABCD camp, and chose 8 by adding those numbers.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ During the 2009 NBA All-Star Game , Bryant who tallied 27 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals was awarded All-Star Game co-MVP with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal as the Western Conference All-Stars defeated their Eastern counterparts, 146–119.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tops the early returns in NBA all-star voting, and Tracy McGrady is on track to start alongside him even though McGrady hasn't played yet this season.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

[16] .While in high school, then 76ers coach John Lucas invited Bryant to work out and scrimmage with the team, where he played one-on-one with Jerry Stackhouse.^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe Bryant 5 Not a team player, not a nice person, but he is one of the best shooters in the history of the league.
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^ Bryant rose to national prominence in 1996 when he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of high school.
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[17] .In his senior year of high school, Bryant led the Aces to their first state championship in 53 years.^ Bryant's first high school number, before he switched to 33.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
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^ I have known and worked with KD since his junior year of high school; so it is always nice to catch up with him.

.During the run, he averaged 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, and 3.8 blocked shots in leading the Aces to a 31–3 record.^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ He shot 18-of-20 free throws, and also had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 turnovers and 1 block in just under 42 minutes of play.
  • InsideHoops.com - Kobe Bryant 81 points scored, Kobe Scores 81 - Bryant Scores 81 points 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.insidehoops.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Bryant scored at the midpoint of the third period to get to 11 points for an 80-62 lead and finished with 20 points, five steals, six assists and several more nice hockey-style secondary assists.

[18] .He ended his career as Southeastern Pennsylvania's all-time leading scorer at 2,883 points, surpassing both Wilt Chamberlain and Lionel Simmons.^ He misfired on all three three-point attempts and turned the ball over four times.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ In addition, he averaged 6.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, all career highs up to that point.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ The dunk over Dwight is gonna be top-10 all time if Howard ends with the carrier everybody is expecting from him… .
  • SLAM ONLINE | » Top 40 Dunks: Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.slamonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[19] .Bryant received several awards for his performance his senior year including being named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Men's National Basketball Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American, and a USA Today All-USA First Team player.^ Bryant's first high school number, before he switched to 33.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe Bryant 1 He's just not a team player.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On June 23 , 2008, he was named to the USA Men's Senior National Team for the Beijing Olympics .
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

[20] .Bryant's varsity coach, Greg Downer, commented that Bryant was "a complete player who dominates".[18] In 1996, Bryant took R&B singer Brandy Norwood to his senior prom,[21] though the two were/are just friends.^ Just like coaches who win titles do so with great players.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe Bryant 1 He's just not a team player.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe himself was only twenty-one, a four-year veteran of the NBA. (You will recall, perhaps, that he took the pop singer Brandy to his own senior prom.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

.His SAT score of 1080[22] would have ensured his basketball scholarship to various top-tier colleges.^ His SAT score of 1080 would have ensured his basketball scholarship to various top-tier colleges.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ The soon-to-be senior boasted excellent grades and SAT scores, so academics would not be an obstacle.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

.Ultimately, however, the 17-year-old Bryant made the decision to go directly into the NBA.^ Ultimately, however, the 17-year-old Bryant made the controversial decision to go directly into the NBA. .
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Before he was chosen as the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996, the 17-year-old Bryant had made a lasting impression on then-Lakers general manager Jerry West , who immediately foresaw potential in Bryant's basketball ability during pre-draft workouts.
  • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Bryant's news was met with a lot of publicity at a time when prep-to-pro NBA players was not very common (Kevin Garnett being the only exception in 20 years).^ Long time NBA watchers have had a lot to enjoy in this years playoffs.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe Bryant 5 the best player in the NBA. .
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Corey Maggette, Baron Davis — Common, “Drivin’ Me Wild:” Okay, so maybe the NBA cameos sort of makes sense, since Common raps about a woman being with “the ball player from the Clippers,” Maggette’s team at the time, and in a bit of a stretch, Baron Davis became a Clipper himself a year later.
  • www.lowposts.com » Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

.Bryant has stated that had he decided to go to college after high school, he would have attended Duke University.^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ She would have left thinking she was going to hook up with Kobe Bryant.
  • lies.com » Kobe Bryant: Adulterer (+ Rapist?) 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.lies.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Joe retired after the campaign ended, and he and Pam decided it was time for a permanent return to the U.S. Shaya and Sharia were thinking about college, and Kobe was ready to begin high school.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

[23]

NBA career

1996 NBA Draft

.The first guard to ever be taken out of high school, Bryant was chosen as the 13th overall draft pick by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996.^ Info More Links Born in 1978, Kobe Bryant made the jump directly from high school to the NBA when he was drafted by the ...
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe was drafted in 1996 in 1st round, the 13th pick overall by the Hornets, and was subsequently traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divacs.
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The first week, he flooded the administrative office at her high school with flowers for her; he'd pick her up after the bell in his big black Mercedes, causing a stampede of lookie-loos.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

[24] .However, according to Arn Tellem, Bryant's agent at the time, Bryant playing for the Charlotte Hornets was "an impossibility".[25] Nevertheless, the Charlotte Hornets selected Bryant, seeing that there was a chance to trade with the Lakers.^ It is just When wilt played, not only was he 7 feet tall and dominant over most of the players in his time, however, there was no back court rule and he could stand down at the other end and cherry-pick.
  • InsideHoops.com - Kobe Bryant 81 points scored, Kobe Scores 81 - Bryant Scores 81 points 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.insidehoops.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe was drafted in 1996 in 1st round, the 13th pick overall by the Hornets, and was subsequently traded to the Lakers for Vlade Divacs.
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't see much playing time for Morrison or Brown with the team, whereas I believe Vlad could have still helped.

[25] .Prior to the draft, Bryant had worked out in Los Angeles, in which he scrimmaged against former Lakers players Larry Drew and Michael Cooper, and according to then-Laker manager Jerry West "marched over these people".[26] On July 1, 1996, West traded his starting center, Vlade Divac, to the Hornets in exchange for Bryant's draft rights.^ On draft day, West worked his magic.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ The Los Angeles Laker doesn't want to be traded.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers, baby!
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[27] .Since he was still 17 at the time of the draft, his parents had to cosign his contract with the Lakers until he was able to sign his own when he turned 18 before the season began.^ Kobe has been in the spotlight since he turned pro in 1996 at 18 years of age, and has used the NBA as his personal playground.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ How injured would they really be if they had signed the big-money deals they were offered before the season?

^ He was hopeful ahead of time, the possibilities endless before tipoff between the Lakers, who had the NBA's best record at 17-3, and the Timberwolves, who came into the game at 3-19.

[28]

First three seasons (1996–99)

.During his rookie season, Bryant mostly came off the bench behind guards Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.^ Van Exel is going nuts on the bench.
  • SLAM ONLINE | » Top 40 Dunks: Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.slamonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "There have been many times this season where the starting unit struggled and the bench came in and bailed us out.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

^ Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Luke Walton enjoyed his best game of the series with 10 points.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

[29] .At the time he became the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game (a record since broken by teammate Andrew Bynum), and also became the youngest NBA starter ever.^ For the chance to play in big-time games?

^ Corey Maggette, Baron Davis — Common, “Drivin’ Me Wild:” Okay, so maybe the NBA cameos sort of makes sense, since Common raps about a woman being with “the ball player from the Clippers,” Maggette’s team at the time, and in a bit of a stretch, Baron Davis became a Clipper himself a year later.
  • www.lowposts.com » Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe keep your head up and wait until next year when the big man comes back Andrew Bynum for sure you will win the NBA Championship no matter what I believe in the lakers and in you kobe since you started playing in the NBA. .
  • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[30] .Initially, Bryant played limited minutes, but as the season continued, he began to see some more playing time.^ The upside is that I've yet to see these guys firing on all cylinders for more than a few minutes at a time - but when you're running 12 of them on 900 bhp, it's not necessary for them to run to their max...
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ MJ: “Every single time I took the floor I assumed someone was seeing me play for the first time.

^ They tend to mask what ails the Lakers for 47-plus minutes in a game, Bryant's late-game dependability already bailing out the team three times this season.

.By the end of the season, he averaged 15.5 minutes a game.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Playing 40 minutes a night, he averaged 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 68 games.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ He has never averaged 10 points a game, in part because he has never averaged 20 minutes a game.
  • www.lowposts.com » Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

.He earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.^ Weeks later, during All-Star Weekend, he set a record with 31 points in the Rookie Game and won the Slam Dunk Contest—the first Laker ever to do so.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

[31] .Bryant's performance throughout the year earned him a spot on the NBA All Rookie second team with fellow bench teammate Travis Knight.^ It was this kind of effort that earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tops the early returns in NBA all-star voting, and Tracy McGrady is on track to start alongside him even though McGrady hasn't played yet this season.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ He took his glasses off, threw his head back and soaked it all in because this is a special time, and for us to be the team that got him that historic 10th championship is special for us.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[32] .His final minutes of the season ended in disaster when he shot 3 air balls at crucial times in the game.^ The Mailman missed some time with a knee injury, but the team soldiered on, finishing strong with 14 victories in their final 17 games.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ He closed out Denver with 14 points in the final five minutes of a 107–101 victory in Game 4.
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^ At 39-2 the Cavs finished just one game short of the ‘86 Celtics all time best home court record (Cavs final lost was in the last game of season and they rested their starters).
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

[18] .He missed the first shot to win the game in the 4th quarter and 2 three-pointers to tie the game in the last minute of overtime.^ Bryant missed his last five shots of the game.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

^ In case anyone missed it, the Celtics prevailed over the Lakers 98-88 in Game One last night at TD Banknorth Garden.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ It's the first time a team has played three straight games against opponents with .750 winning percentages after Feb.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

.With that the Utah Jazz ended the playoffs for the Lakers in the first round.^ This was Cleveland's first loss at home since Game 5 against Washington in the first round of last season's playoffs.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

^ He was as energetic as a missile, scoring 38 points -- 24 in the first half alone -- in Game 4 of last year's first-round playoff series, a win for the Lakers that all but blasted the Jazz right out of the playoffs.

^ Injuries to O’Neal and other key players decimated Los Angeles, and the club was steamrolled by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the playoffs.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

Shaquille O'Neal commented years later that "[Bryant] was the only guy who had the guts at the time to take shots like that."[33][34]
.In Bryant's second season, he received more playing time and began to show more of his abilities as a talented young guard.^ Turning in unremarkable outcomes in recent seasons, players like Kobe Bryant garner more headlines for what they say then what they do.

^ Kobe Bryant 4 Kobe showed that Shaq deserved a lot more credit for the Lakers sucess during their threepeat than Kobe did.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Only Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has received more votes, with 692,518.

.As a result Bryant's point averages more than doubled from 7.6 to 15.4 points per game.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ The Bears, however, average more penalty yards per game than the Eagles.

^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[35] .Bryant would see an increase in minutes when the Lakers "played small", which would feature Bryant playing small forward along side the guards he'd usually backup.^ "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint of the small finger of this right hand, it was announced today.

^ He is constantly in the news, usually on the wrong side of public favor as he continues to play for a once glorious team, the Los Angeles Lakers, that simply doesn't have the manpower right now to will itself into contention.
  • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

^ Former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal's case for Bryant: "The thing about Kobe is that, over the course of my career, I have never played with anyone who was as fierce as he is.
  • Sporting News' NBA Athlete of the Decade: Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers - Sporting News - NBA - Sporting News 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.sportingnews.com [Source type: General]

[36] .Bryant was the runner-up for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award,[37] and through fan voting, he also became the youngest NBA All-Star starter in NBA history.^ He will be an NBA All Star next year and for many years to come.

^ Bryant leads vote-getter for NBA All-Star game .
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ At 18 years, five months and five days, Kobe became the youngest starter in NBA history.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

[38] .He was joined by fellow team mates Shaquille O'Neal, Nick Van Exel, and Eddie Jones, making it the first time since 1983 that four players on the same team were selected to play in the same All-Star Game.^ But he plays hard all the time.
  • www.lowposts.com » Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

^ What makes Bryant all the more challenging is the team he plays for.

^ All-Star selections .
  • Kobe Bryant Stats - NBA Finals - ESPNDB 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC espndb.go.com [Source type: General]

.Bryant's 15.4 points per game was the highest of any non-starter in the season.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ His 7.8 rebounds per game is good for second in the NBA among non power forwards and centers and is yet another testament to his versatility.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

[39]
The 1998–99 season marked Bryant's emergence as a premiere guard in the league. .With starting guards Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones traded, Bryant started every game for the lockout-shortened 50 game season.^ Kobe Bryant should have been shooting every time he touched the ball in Game 6.
  • Kobe Bryant's Game 7 No Shot Pout the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch Chris Baldwin 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.travelgolf.com [Source type: General]

^ But the diversity of his scoring that night underlined that in his 14th N.B.A. season, Bryant continues to massage, mold and morph his game.

^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

.During the season, Bryant signed a 6-year contract extension worth $70 million.^ Kobe will turn 31 next month and there is talk that he will sign an extension that will keep him in Los Angles for even more years.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

^ But all year, the Celts had beaten up on it including sweeping the purple and gold during the regular season.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ The Times reported Bryant would make a guaranteed $47.8 million over the next two years with his current contract and could earn another $86 million to $91 million with the extension , depending on NBA salary-cap figures to be determined in 2011.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

[39] .This kept him with the Lakers till the end of the 2003–04 season.^ After off-season rumblings from Kobe that he wanted to be traded, the Lakers vowed to build a decent team around him in 2007–08.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Sebastian Ramirez Impressive Lakers will end with the NBA tittle this season .

^ The Lakers went into 2003-04 loaded for bear.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

.Even at an early stage of his career sportswriters were comparing his skills to that of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.^ In it he gave praise to his teammates, (to whom he refered to as his "blockers") Coach Phil Jackson, and remained humble when asked to compare himself with past greats including Michael Jordan , Magic Johnson, and others.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You can pretty much count Michael Jordan in that group too, most people do not even count his years in Washington.

^ Michael Jordan, Nike “Jordan 15″ & “23″ — Even the greatest make mistakes.
  • www.lowposts.com » Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lowposts.com [Source type: General]

[28][40][41] .The playoff results, however, were no better, as the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semi-finals.^ As for the rest of his teammates who are expected to compete for a final playoff berth, they stunk it up against the defending Western Conference champs getting taken to school in both ends.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ It's no surprise that the Cavs, Spurs, and Hornets are all still alive in the playoffs.

^ Weaker west: This is the year the almighty Western Conference finally took a step back.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

[42]

Three-peat (1999–2002)

Bryant was a member of the Lakers teams that won three consecutive NBA Championships from 2000 to 2002.
.Bryant's fortunes would soon change when Phil Jackson became coach for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999.[43] After years of steady improvement, Bryant became one of the premier shooting guards in the league, earning appearances in the league's All-NBA,[44] All-Star, and All-Defensive teams.^ Phil Jackson, 1999 Sports Ilustrated .
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ It was this kind of effort that earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ And when we come back, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is next.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

[45] .The Los Angeles Lakers became premier championship contenders under Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, who formed an outstanding center-guard combination.^ Los Angeles Lakers, baby!
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, is blocked by Portland Trail Blazers' Dante Cunningham (33) in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game Friday, Jan.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint of the small finger of this right hand, it was announced today.

.Jackson utilized the triangle offense he used to win six championships with the Chicago Bulls, which would help both Bryant and O'Neal rise to the elite class of the NBA. The three resulting championships won consecutively in 2000, 2001, and 2002 further proved such a fact.^ But to win an NBA championship, James needs a little help from his friends.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships -- in the last few games of the'09 playoffs.

^ Allen Iverson 2002: Tim Duncan 2003: Tim Duncan 2000: Shaquille O'Neal 2004: Kevin Garnett 2005: Shaquille O'Neal 2006: LeBron James, Steve Nash 2007: Dirk Nowitzki 2008: Kobe Bryant 2009: LeBron James .
  • Sporting News' NBA Athlete of the Decade: Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers - Sporting News - NBA - Sporting News 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.sportingnews.com [Source type: General]

[46]
.Bryant started the 1999–2000 season sidelined for six weeks due to an injury to his hand in a preseason game against the Washington Wizards.^ Bryant had chills and fever and needed intravenous fluids at halftime of Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

^ From the get-go in the 1999-2000 season, Kobe and Shaq looked different on the court together.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

[47] .With Bryant back and playing over 38 minutes a game, he saw an increase in all statistical categories in the 1999–2000 season.^ Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tops the early returns in NBA all-star voting, and Tracy McGrady is on track to start alongside him even though McGrady hasn't played yet this season.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ From the get-go in the 1999-2000 season, Kobe and Shaq looked different on the court together.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ "He is the best player in the game, the way he plays, the way he dominates,'' Foye said of Bryant.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

.This included leading the team in assists per game and steals per game.^ He lead his team in most assists per game!
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Kobe began to add depth to his game, leading the Lakers in steals and ranking second on the team in scoring with a 19.9 average.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ A determined Kobe took 18 all by his lonesome but much like his team didn’t shoot a good percentage misfiring on seven to leave the door ajar for Boston to steal this game and take a commanding 3-0 lead.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

.The duo of O'Neal and Bryant backed with a strong bench led to the Lakers winning 67 games, tied for 5th most in NBA history.^ If he plays like he did in games 5 & 6, the Lakers will win the NBA Championship.
  • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, is blocked by Portland Trail Blazers' Dante Cunningham (33) in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game Friday, Jan.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

.This followed with O'Neal winning the MVP and Bryant being named to the All-NBA Team Second Team and All-NBA Defensive Team for the first time in his career (the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors).^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ It was this kind of effort that earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe Bryant 1 He's just not a team player.
  • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48] .While playing second fiddle to O'Neal in the playoffs, Bryant had some clutch performances including a 25 point, 11 rebound, 7 assist, 4 block game in game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.^ In the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles split the first six games with Portland.
  • JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.jockbio.com [Source type: General]

^ James has averaged 26.8 points in his 11 games against the Lakers when Bryant was in the lineup.

^ Coming off a weekend in which he shared the All-Star MVP trophy with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal, Bryant shot 4-of-12 and never got to the free throw line in his lowest offensive performance since he had 11 against Washington on Jan.
  • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

[49] He also threw an alley-oop pass to O'Neal to clinch the game and the series. .In the 2000 NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers, Bryant injured his ankle in the second quarter of game 2 and was out until game 4. In game 4, O'Neal fouled out of the game in over time, so Bryant took the lead and scored eight points and put the Lakers ahead 120–118 for the win.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ In the NBA Finals, the Lakers were favored against the scrappy Detroit Pistons.
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^ These two will try to lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals.

[50] With a game 6 victory, the Lakers won their first championship since 1988.
.Statistically, the 2000–01 season saw Bryant perform similarly to the previous year except Bryant was averaging 6 more points a game (28.5).^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ Over the coming two weeks, Kobe and his U.S.A. team will outclass all comers, winning by an average of more than thirty points, clinching a berth in the Olympics, earning the U.S.A. its first gold medal in international competition since 2000.
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^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
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It was also the year when disagreements between Bryant and O'Neal began to surface.[51] .Once again he led the team in assists with 5 per game.^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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^ Kobe has crazy better than MVP season to bring them back, multiple 50+, 40+ games while still being the assist leader on his team.
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^ Bryant: 28.2 points per game, 5.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, one MVP, four titles Duncan: 21.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, two MVPs, three titles .
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.The Lakers however, only won 56 games, an 11 game drop off from last year.^ And to hear the Lakers tell it, that game will be just as challenging as the five on the road, the last four of which they won despite dealing with Eastern snowstorms and curtailed sleep.

^ At least the Pens showed some pride and made that a series forcing the Red Wings to earn a six-game triumph for a fourth Cup in 11 years.
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^ Gasol made one of two free throws to give the Lakers a 108-107 lead with 1:11 left, then Glen "Big Baby'' Davis made a jumper - his only basket of the game after six misses.
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.The Lakers would respond by going 15–1 in the playoffs.^ If he'd tried the solo act in the second half the articles would read "Kobe sets playoff scoring record, sinks Laker season" and we all know it.
  • Kobe Bryant's Game 7 No Shot Pout the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch Chris Baldwin 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.travelgolf.com [Source type: General]

.They easily swept the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, and San Antonio Spurs, before losing their first game against the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime.^ With the Lakers sweeping by Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio in succession, he was scintillating.
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^ They easily could’ve been swept.
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^ They'd never met before; Kobe was overjoyed -- by all accounts, he looked like a kid meeting Kobe for the first time.
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.They would go on to win the next 4 games and bring their second championship to Los Angeles in as many seasons.^ They took the next three games for the championship.
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^ With the addition of veteran Ron Harper, Los Angeles had all the ingredients for a championship.
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^ The Suns weren't going to win anything the way they were, mainly because they hadn't won anything the way they have been for a while.

.During the playoffs Bryant played heavy minutes which brought his stats up to 29.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.^ Playing 40 minutes a night, he averaged 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 68 games.
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^ Kobe had good across the board numbers with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, including a nice scoring streak in the second half.

^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
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.In the playoffs teammate O'Neal declared Bryant the best player in the league.^ Kobe Bryant 5 Kobe is the best player in the league and he didnt rape anyone.
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^ Kobe Bryant 5 the best player in the NBA. .
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^ Kobe Bryant 5 Kobe is definitely the best player in the league.
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[18][52] .Bryant ended up making the All NBA Second team and All NBA Defensive Team for the second year in a row.^ What makes Bryant all the more challenging is the team he plays for.

^ Kobe will be up to 11th by the end of the year.
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^ Then he ended up getting out of line because people were making a big deal of him being there.
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.In addition, he was also voted to start in the NBA All-Star Game for the 3rd year in a row (no game in 1999).^ He also made his fourth All-Star appearance and was voted the game’s MVP after tallying 31 points, five rebounds and five assists.
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^ By the All-Star break, they had already lost more games than they had in the entire 1999-00 campaign.
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^ The reaction to Kobe and his achievements has been puzzling, as it has been since the beginning of his career, when he was voted into the All-Star game as a second-year player (he was the sixth man on the Lakers at the time), and then criticized for inciting an electric duel with the reigning king, Michael Jordan.
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.In the 2001–02 season, Bryant played 80 games for the first time in his career.^ For the chance to play in big-time games?

^ Despite an injury to Fisher, the Lakers opened 2001-02 with victories in 16 of their first 17 games.
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^ You try not to think about it, just think about playing the game, and for this moment to be here and to reflect back on the season and everything that you've been through, it's top of the list, man.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

.He continued his all-round play by averaging 25.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ Playing 40 minutes a night, he averaged 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 68 games.
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^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
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.He also had a career high 46.9% shooting and once again led his team in assists.^ Paul Pierce had another solid night finishing with a team high 20 points and seven assists.
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^ League MVP Kobe Bryant struggled shooting just 9-of-26 even though he scored a team high 24 along with six assists.
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.While making the All-Star team and All-NBA Defensive team again, he was also promoted to the All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career.^ It was this kind of effort that earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.
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^ It was practically an all star team.
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^ He’ll never make the All-Defense Team,’’ says Rivers.
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.The Lakers won 58 games that year and finished second place in the Pacific Division behind in-state rival Sacramento Kings.^ The Lakers finished with 57 victories and the Pacific Division title.
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^ The Lakers cruised in the second half and finished at 58-24.
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^ Kobe began to add depth to his game, leading the Lakers in steals and ranking second on the team in scoring with a 19.9 average.
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.The road to the Finals would prove a lot tougher then the record run the Lakers had the previous year.^ Through four games Lakers fans are already counting the days to this years finals.

^ Instead, like Game 2 when one stop would’ve changed the whole dynamic of the Finals, Orlando couldn’t keep the Lakers off the board.
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^ Their road to a third title would take them through Sacramento, where their Western Conference Finals opponents had put together a dynamite team.
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.While the Lakers swept the Trail Blazers and defeated the Spurs 4–1, the Lakers did not have home court advantage against the Sacramento Kings.^ The strain of the Minnesota series on the Lakers was evident early against the Spurs.
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^ The Cleveland Cavaliers 66-16 record was good for the number one seed in the east and home court advantage in the NBA finals should they get that far.
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^ He did the same thing against the Kings in a game a year ago.
  • Kobe Bryant's Game 7 No Shot Pout the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch Chris Baldwin 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.travelgolf.com [Source type: General]

.The series would stretch to 7 games, the first time this happened to the Lakers since the Western Conference Finals in the 2000 NBA Playoffs.^ In the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles split the first six games with Portland.
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^ As for the rest of his teammates who are expected to compete for a final playoff berth, they stunk it up against the defending Western Conference champs getting taken to school in both ends.
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^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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.However, the Lakers were able to beat their division rivals and make their third consecutive NBA Finals appearance.^ Behind Howard’s more focused approach, the Magic reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
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^ In the NBA Finals, the Lakers were favored against the scrappy Detroit Pistons.
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^ These two will try to lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals.

.In the 2002 Finals, Bryant averaged 26.8 points, 51.4% shooting, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists per game, which included scoring a quarter of the teams points.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ He lead his team in most assists per game!
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^ James scored 32 points in that game.

[53] .At age 23, Bryant became the youngest player to win three championships.^ Granger trails only Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant -- the league's top three players.

^ Rambis was back to take on the franchise for which he was part of four championships as a player and three as an assistant coach.

^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant elevated himself to legend status.

[53] .Bryant's play was notable and praised for his performance in the 4th quarter of games, specifically the last 2 rounds of the playoffs.^ For all of you that say Kobe can't lead his team to the playoffs, remember he was injured for 5 weeks last year and he and Lamar Odom only played together in about 40 or so games.
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^ He was as energetic as a missile, scoring 38 points -- 24 in the first half alone -- in Game 4 of last year's first-round playoff series, a win for the Lakers that all but blasted the Jazz right out of the playoffs.

^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

[53][54] .This cemented Bryant's reputation as a clutch player.^ Bryant may not have the same influence in the NBA, but he is considered by his peers as the best clutch player today.
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Coming up short (2002–04)

Bryant (second from left) looks on while Memphis Grizzlies Pau Gasol battles for the tip-off jump ball versus Horace Grant.
.In the 2002–03 season, Bryant averaged 30 points per game and embarked on a historic run, posting 40 or more points in nine consecutive games while averaging 40.6 in the entire month of February.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ Joe regularly poured in 30 to 40 points a game.
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^ Bryant has taken 23 or more shots in 11 consecutive games.

.In addition, he averaged 6.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, all career highs up to that point.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe began to add depth to his game, leading the Lakers in steals and ranking second on the team in scoring with a 19.9 average.
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.Bryant was once again voted on to both the All-NBA and All-Defensive 1st teams,[2] and came in third place in voting for the MVP award.^ He flourished at both ends of the court, earning Third Team All-NBA honors.
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^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Leagues > 2005-06 NBA .

^ If Kobe Bryant is not named MVP this season then there is something seriously wrong with the voting process.

.After finishing 50–32 in the regular season, the Lakers foundered in the playoffs and lost in the Western Conference semi-finals to the eventual NBA champions San Antonio Spurs in six games.^ In the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles split the first six games with Portland.
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^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ As for the rest of his teammates who are expected to compete for a final playoff berth, they stunk it up against the defending Western Conference champs getting taken to school in both ends.
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[55]
.In the following 2003–04 season, the Lakers were able to acquire NBA All-Stars Karl Malone, and Gary Payton to make another push at the NBA Championship.^ Congrats to the Lakers, the city, and all the fans on a well-deserved and long-awaited championship.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Along with Kobe and Shaq, the team also featured future Hall of Famers Gary Payton and Karl Malone.
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^ Kobe Bryant, four-time NBA champion and All-Star guard of the Los Angeles Lakers, recently spoke to MTV and CNN about the impact Jackson had on his life.
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[56] .Before the season began, Bryant was arrested for sexual assault.^ Kobe Bryant punctuated the first-half assault by swishing a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Lakers a 13-point lead right before halftime.
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^ The transformation began in 2007-08 when Bryant won MVP during the regular season.
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[57] .This caused Bryant to miss some games due to court appearances or attend court earlier in the day and travel to play games later in same day.^ I am pissed that he played games with the contract, but I miss ole Ariza.
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^ The Mailman missed some time with a knee injury, but the team soldiered on, finishing strong with 14 victories in their final 17 games.
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^ They won the series two days later, as Kobe netted 17 points in the final quarter of Game 5.
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[58][59] .In the final game of the regular season the Lakers played the Portland Trail Blazers.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ In the Western Conference Finals, Los Angeles split the first six games with Portland.
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^ Behind Howard’s more focused approach, the Magic reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
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.Bryant made two buzzer beaters to win the game and the Pacific Division title.^ The Celtics will return home where they’ve only lost once in this postseason and have two more chances at winning their 17th NBA title.
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^ The Lakers thenfinished off the Jazz in Game 6, winning by two but having led virtually the entire way.
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^ With the Lakers battling the Seattle Supersonics for first in the Pacific Division, fans voted Kobe into the starting lineup for the 1998 All-Star Game.
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.At the end of the fourth quarter, Bryant made a three pointer as time ran out to tie the game and send it into over time.^ We had a game in Toronto and he had gotten hooked up with Vince Carter in the middle of a fourth quarter, and they kinda exchanged baskets and I thought it took our team out of our team play.
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^ When Odom is actively involved in the game, teams have a really hard time matching up with the Lakers because it gives them three highly-skilled scoring options.
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^ At least the Pens showed some pride and made that a series forcing the Red Wings to earn a six-game triumph for a fourth Cup in 11 years.
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[60] .The game eventually went to a second over time and Bryant made another three pointer as time expired to lift the Lakers past the Trail Blazers 105–104.[60] With a starting lineup of four future Hall of Famers, O'Neal, Malone, Payton, and Bryant, the Lakers were able to reach the NBA Finals.^ Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, right, is blocked by Portland Trail Blazers' Dante Cunningham (33) in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game Friday, Jan.
  • Kobe Bryant | Related Topics | National Post 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.nationalpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant tops the early returns in NBA all-star voting, and Tracy McGrady is on track to start alongside him even though McGrady hasn't played yet this season.
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^ Bryant banked in a running three-pointer over Dwyane Wade as time expired to lift the Lakers to a 108-107 victory over the Heat to extend the league's longest ...

[61] .In the Finals, they were eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in 5 games.^ In the NBA Finals, the Lakers were favored against the scrappy Detroit Pistons.
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^ Ultimately, when push came to shove at 2-2, Boston was too tough taking the final two games including an amazing fourth quarter which helped them comeback to oust Detroit.
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^ They won the series two days later, as Kobe netted 17 points in the final quarter of Game 5.
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.In that series, Bryant averaged 22.6 points per game and 4.4 assists.^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
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^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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He shot a mere 35.1% from the field.[62] .Phil Jackson's contract as coach was not renewed, and Rudy Tomjanovich took over.^ The feud with Shaquille O'Neal, with many people believing an arrogant and selfish Bryant drove O'Neal out of town and coach Phil Jackson into retirement in 2004.

^ The two days of practice forced upon them by Coach Phil Jackson had them sharp.

^ The Lakers’ new coach was Phil Jackson, who brought Tex Winters and the Triangle Offense along with him.
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[63] .Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, and Brian Grant.^ Jackson resigned as coach after the seson and O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler and Brian Grant.
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[64] .The following day, Bryant declined an offer to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and re-signed with the Lakers on a seven-year contract.^ Los Angeles Lakers, baby!
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^ Expecting the Lakers to re-sign: .
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^ And when we come back, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is next.
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[65]

Playoff disappointments (2004–07)

.Bryant was closely scrutinized and criticized during the 2004–05 season with his reputation badly damaged from all that had happened over the previous year.^ But all year, the Celts had beaten up on it including sweeping the purple and gold during the regular season.
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^ The Suns run up and down the court all they want during the regular season, but that doesn't work in the playoffs.

^ It was one heck of a ride all season long in the face of last year's disappointment vs the Celtics.
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.A particularly damaging salvo came when Phil Jackson wrote The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul.^ The year that the team lost both Phil Jackson and Shaquille O’Neal was one of the low points in the team’s history.

^ Old friend Phil Jackson said the Bulls are a team that is "relatively thin inside."

^ Bynum being healthy changes this team, more important than on offense Bynum gives them that defensive presence in the middle that was lacking at the end of last season.

.The book detailed the events of the Lakers' tumultuous 2003–04 season and has a number of criticisms of Bryant.^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

^ Still, the Lakers were losing games they had won in previous seasons, and Kobe began hearing it from his critics.
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^ The Lakers went into 2003-04 loaded for bear.
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In the book Jackson called Bryant "uncoachable".[66]
Bryant dunks against Golden State Warriors in October 2005
.Midway through the season, Rudy Tomjanovich suddenly resigned as Lakers coach, citing the recurrence of health problems and exhaustion.^ But this exhilarating post-season, the L.A. Nuggets are in a dead heat with the Denver Lakers, as of midway of Game 3, Western Conference final.

.Without Tomjanovich, stewardship of the remainder of the Lakers' season fell to career assistant coach Frank Hamblen.^ He finally shed the “couldn’t win without Shaq” label last season when he pushed the Lakers past the Magic in the NBA Finals.
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[67] .Despite the fact that Bryant was the league's second leading scorer at 27.6 points per game, the Lakers floundered and missed the playoffs for the first time in over a decade.^ Kobe Bryant , only this time it wasn't Kobe leading the Lakers in scoring.

^ Fine-Tuned With Age, Bryant's Game Keeps Evolving Comment November 24 New York Times " En route to wedging himself between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jerry West among the Los Angeles Lakers' leading scorers, Kobe Bryant connected with layups, free throws, jumpers, turnaround fadeaways and post-ups.

^ Comment January 3 Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Bresnahan " Kobe Bryant's last-second shots are nice and everything, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't exactly thrilled with them.

.The year signified a drop in Bryant's overall status in the NBA, as he did not make the NBA All-Defensive Team and was also demoted to the All-NBA Third Team.^ On Boston's side, their team defense is as tenacious and relentless as ever, and offensively, their ball movement my even be superior to last year.

^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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^ He flourished at both ends of the court, earning Third Team All-NBA honors.
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[68]
.The 2005–06 NBA season would mark a crossroads in Bryant's basketball career.^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Leagues > 2005-06 NBA .

^ What many NBA fans thought of as basketball hell was its own slice of basketball heaven for the Bryants.
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^ Yeah, it's just a dream, but as we celebrate the Lakers' 50th anniversary of producing magical moments in Los Angeles, of producing some of the best basketball players the NBA has ever seen, the best Lakers' guard duo would have to be Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant.

.Despite past differences with Bryant, Phil Jackson returned to coach the Lakers.^ Comment January 3 Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Bresnahan " Kobe Bryant's last-second shots are nice and everything, but Lakers Coach Phil Jackson isn't exactly thrilled with them.

^ KOBE BRYANT Q. As you well know, Phil Jackson now, 10 championships, most in history.
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^ Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson were not happy with the way Game 4 was officiated.
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[69] .Bryant endorsed the move, and by all appearances, the two men worked together well the second time around, leading the Lakers back into the playoffs.^ These two will try to lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals.

^ Kobe Bryant , only this time it wasn't Kobe leading the Lakers in scoring.

^ Though it was far from his best performance, Kobe Bryant's 22 points in the Lakers' 88-79 victory over the Houston Rockets moved his total past Patrick Ewing for 15th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list .
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.The team posted a 45–37 record, an eleven-game improvement over the previous season, and the entire squad seemed to be clicking.^ When you combine the penalties from two bad team, and toss in the Jay McNown-like results the Bears have gotten from their quarterback in night games this season, and finally the Eagles’ 0-7 record on Sunday night since NBC got the package, and I have to like the under.

^ Getting the best out of Odom, Brown and Parker, he guided the Lakers to a 45-37 record.
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^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

[70] .In the first round of the playoffs, the Lakers played well enough to reach a 3–1 series lead over the Phoenix Suns, culminating with Bryant's OT-forcing and game-winning shots in Game 4. They came within six seconds of eliminating the second-seeded Suns in Game 6, however, they lost that game 126 to 118 in overtime.^ His first title came against the Lakers 4 1.
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^ They did make the playoffs, but were eliminated again by the Suns in the first round.
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^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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[71] .Despite Bryant's 27.8 points per game in the series, the Lakers broke down, and ultimately fell to the Suns in seven games.^ In a lot of ways, Jordan can be held responsible for practically raising Bryant, 31, Wade, 27, and James, 24, through his profound impact in the game.
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^ The series went the full seven, with the Lakers prevailing in overtime in the clincher, 112-106.
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^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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[71] .In the 2006 off-season, Bryant had knee surgery, preventing him from participating in the 2006 FIBA World Championship tournament.^ After off-season rumblings from Kobe that he wanted to be traded, the Lakers vowed to build a decent team around him in 2007–08.
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^ It's always negative with him even if the Lakers win the World Championships he has to write something negative about them.
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[72] .Bryant's individual scoring accomplishments posted resulted in the finest statistical season of his career.^ At this stage of Kobe’s career, he’s not as into statistics and individual awards.
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^ But the diversity of his scoring that night underlined that in his 14th N.B.A. season, Bryant continues to massage, mold and morph his game.

.On December 20, 2005, Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks.^ Bryant scored at the midpoint of the third period to get to 11 points for an 80-62 lead and finished with 20 points, five steals, six assists and several more nice hockey-style secondary assists.

^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ In two meetings against the Cavaliers last season, Gasol averaged 20 points and 12.5 rebounds.
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.Entering the fourth quarter, Bryant had outscored the entire Mavericks team 62–61, the only time a player has done this through three quarters since the advent of the 24-second shot clock.^ YATES: She's relapsed three or four times since she's been in prison.
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^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

^ When Shaquille O'Neal branded Bryant "the best player in the game" back in the 2001 playoffs, it has only been spoken but never printed that Kobe is the most valuable player in the league.

[73] .When the Lakers faced the Miami Heat on January 16, 2006, Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal made headlines by engaging in handshakes and hugs before the game, signifying the end of the feud that had festered between the two players since O'Neal's departure from Los Angeles.^ Los Angeles Lakers, baby!
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^ And when we come back, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is next.
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^ "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint of the small finger of this right hand, it was announced today.

[74] .A month later, at the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, the two laughed together on several occasions.^ NBA All-Star Game 2009 (1) .
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^ The Cavs are on the tail end of a four-game trip while the Lakers have barely left the West Coast for two months.
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^ He also made his fourth All-Star appearance and was voted the game’s MVP after tallying 31 points, five rebounds and five assists.
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[75] .On January 22, 2006, Bryant scored 81 points in a 122–104 victory against the Toronto Raptors.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ His biggest night came against the Toronto Raptors when he netted 81 points, a performance that ranked among the most impressive in history.
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^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

[3][76] .In addition to breaking the previous franchise record of 71 set by Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant's 81-point game was the second highest point total in NBA history, surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962.[77] In that same month, Bryant also became the first player since 1964 to score 45 points or more in four consecutive games, joining Chamberlain and Baylor as the only players ever to do so.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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^ Kobe Bryant, 2006 Total .
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[78] .For the month of January, Bryant averaged 43.4 points per game,[79] the eighth highest single month scoring average in NBA history and highest for any player other than Chamberlain.^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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^ He averaged 24.0 points per game on the season.
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^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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[80] .By the end of the season, Bryant set Lakers single-season franchise records for most 40-point games (27) and most points scored (2,832).^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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[81] .He won the league's scoring title for the first time, posting a scoring average of (35.4).^ Learning when to carry the Lakers—and more to the point, when not to—Kobe finished the year as the NBA’s scoring champ, averaging 35.4 points per game.
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^ Though Indiana battled hard, Los Angeles won the series in six games, earning its first title since 1988.
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^ Even if the current and future MJ's of our time average 50 a game for the rest of the playoffs, it won't matter.

.Bryant finished in fourth place in the voting for the 2006 NBA Most Valuable Player Award, but received 22 first place votes—second only to winner Steve Nash.^ When Shaquille O'Neal branded Bryant "the best player in the game" back in the 2001 playoffs, it has only been spoken but never printed that Kobe is the most valuable player in the league.

^ On defense, Kobe is better than most of the NBA’s marquee players.
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^ Kobe Bryant was awful in the first half, and still almost finished with a triple-double.

[82] .Later in the season, it was reported that Bryant would change his jersey number from 8 to 24 at the start of the 2006–07 NBA season.^ ET, ABC), featuring arguably the two best players in the Association in reigning NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant and reigning regular-season MVP LeBron James.
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^ NBA 3401 (2) 2005-06 NBA 3277 (5) 2006-07 NBA 3140 (2) 2007-08 NBA 3192 (6) Active 34531 (8) Career NBA 34531 (55) Career 34531 (61) .
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^ NBA All-Star Game MVP 2006-07 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2007-08 NBA MVP 2008-09 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2008-09 NBA Finals MVP .
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.Bryant's first high school number was 24 before he switched to 33.[83] After the Lakers' season ended, Bryant said on TNT that he wanted 24 as a rookie, but it was unavailable, as was 33, retired with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.^ TNT’s Kenny Smith said about Bryant, who is widely regarded as the best closer in the game.
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^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

Bryant wore 143 at the Adidas ABCD camp, and chose 8 by adding those numbers.[83]
.
Bryant scored 50 points or more in four consecutive games.
^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ Kobe, however, led the NBA in scoring again with 31.6 points per game.
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Ten total in the 2006–07 season.
.During the 2006–07 season, Bryant was selected to his 9th All-Star Game appearance, and on February 18, he logged 31 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals, earning his second career All-Star Game MVP trophy.^ He also made his fourth All-Star appearance and was voted the game’s MVP after tallying 31 points, five rebounds and five assists.
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^ Kobe put his stamp on the season during the All-Star Game in February.
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^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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[84] .Over the course of the season, Bryant became involved in a number of on court incidents.^ When Kobe Bryant got his teammates involved, the Lakers became world champions.
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.On January 28 while attempting to draw contact on a potential game winning jumpshot, he flailed his arm striking San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginóbili in the face with his elbow.^ San Antonio ended up winning by three and seized the series momentum.
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^ The next day they succumbed to San Antonio in an embarrassing four-game sweep.
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^ San Antonio opened up a 20-poin t lead in the first half of Game 1, but Kobe scored 25 in the second half of a stirring 89–85 victory.
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[85] .Following a league review, Bryant was suspended for the subsequent game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

^ The damage occurred when Bryant dislocated the finger in the Lakers’ game at New Jersey on February 5, and was aggravated in last night’s game at Minnesota."

^ CTC has a great range of sports tickets including Yankees seats and Mets tickets , as well as other great New York events like Rangers tickets and Knicks tickets .
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The basis given for the suspension was that Bryant had performed an "unnatural motion" in swinging his arm backwards.[86] Later, on March 6, he seemed to repeat the motion, this time striking Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marko Jarić.[85] .On March 7, the NBA handed Bryant his second one-game suspension.^ But the Magic gave away a second game in this NBA Finals falling in overtime 99-91 in Game 4 to trail 3-1 in the series.
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^ For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Lakers put the ball in Bryant's hands with a chance to beat the Orlando Magic and he failed to deliver.

^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

[87] .In his first game back on March 9, he elbowed Kyle Korver in the face which was retrospectively re-classified as a Type 1 flagrant foul.^ Either way, it's not his intense game face or his big "I'm loving life" smile that's shining back at you from the chest.
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^ I remember that first pre-season game that Phil came back to us.

^ After dropping the first contest, Los Angeles battled back and seemed in control of Game 2.
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[85]
.On March 16, Bryant scored a season-high 65 points in a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers, which helped end the Lakers 7-game losing streak.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ With the Lakers mired in a long losing streak, Kobe exploded for 65 points against Portland.
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^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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.This was the second best scoring performance of his 11-year career.^ Kobe had good across the board numbers with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, including a nice scoring streak in the second half.

[88] .The following game, Bryant recorded 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves,[89] after which he scored 60 points in a road win against the Memphis Grizzlies—becoming the second Laker to score three straight 50-plus point games, a feat not seen since Michael Jordan last did it in 1987.[90] The only other Laker to do so was Elgin Baylor, who also scored 50+ in three consecutive contests in December 1962.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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^ Michael Jordan left a lasting impression in the game of basketball.
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[90] .In the following day, in a game against the New Orleans Hornets, Bryant scored 50 points, making him the second player in NBA history to have 4 straight 50 point games behind Wilt Chamberlain, who is the all-time leader with seven consecutive 50 point games twice.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ Kobe scored 49 points in Game 2.
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^ Incredibly, he netted 50 against the Hornets the next day.
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[91] .Bryant finished the year with a total of ten 50-plus point games,[92] becoming the only player beside Wilt Chamberlain in 1961–62 and 1962–63 to do so in one season.^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

^ When Shaquille O'Neal branded Bryant "the best player in the game" back in the 2001 playoffs, it has only been spoken but never printed that Kobe is the most valuable player in the league.

He also won his second straight scoring title that season.[93] .Throughout the 2006–07 season, Bryant's jersey became the top selling NBA jersey in the United States and China.^ But yet kobe’s the one that LED the NBA in FT attempts in ‘07 & has finished in the Top 3 SEVERAL times!
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^ NBA 3401 (2) 2005-06 NBA 3277 (5) 2006-07 NBA 3140 (2) 2007-08 NBA 3192 (6) Active 34531 (8) Career NBA 34531 (55) Career 34531 (61) .
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^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

[94] .A number of journalists have attributed the improved sales to Bryant's new number, as well as his continuing All-Star performance on the court.^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Players > B > Kobe Bryant .
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^ Kobe, the youngest All-Star in league history, didn’t handle the situation well.
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^ On June 14, 2009, Kobe Bryant graduated from all-star to uber star.
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[95][96] In the 2007 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers were once again eliminated in the first round by the Phoenix Suns, 4–1.[97]

MVP year (2007–08)

Bryant's Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games.
.On May 27, 2007, ESPN reported that Bryant stated that he wanted to be traded if Jerry West did not return to the team with full authority.^ The Los Angeles Lakers and their president, Jerry West, were among the teams convinced that Kobe was destined for greatness.
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^ After off-season rumblings from Kobe that he wanted to be traded, the Lakers vowed to build a decent team around him in 2007–08.
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^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

[98] Bryant later confirmed his desire for West's return to the franchise, but denied stating that he would want to be traded if that does not occur.[99] However, three days later, on Stephen A. Smith's radio program, Bryant expressed anger over a Lakers "insider" who claimed that Bryant was responsible for Shaquille O'Neal's departure from the team, and publicly stated, "I want to be traded." Three hours after making that statement, Bryant stated in another interview that after having a conversation with head coach Phil Jackson, he has reconsidered his decision and backed off his trade request.[100] .On December 23, 2007, Bryant became the youngest player (29 years, 122 days) to reach 20,000 points, in a game against the New York Knicks, in Madison Square Garden.^ The next game, Kobe scored 44 points against the Sixers.
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^ In two meetings against the Cavaliers last season, Gasol averaged 20 points and 12.5 rebounds.
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^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

[101]
.Despite an injury to his shooting hand's small finger, described as "a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint" that occurred in a game on February 5, 2008, Bryant played all 82 games of the regular season instead of opting for surgery.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ Those two plays were clear indications that Kobe Bryant has grown into his role as the most complete player in the world.
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^ Despite an injury to Fisher, the Lakers opened 2001-02 with victories in 16 of their first 17 games.
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.Regarding his injury, he stated, "I would prefer to delay any surgical procedure until after our Lakers season, and this summer's Olympic Games.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ Kobe Bryant can be more relaxed now and doesn't need to go all out on all 82 games this season for the Lakers to be one of the top 3 teams in the west.

^ With Shaq sidelined to start the 2002-03 season, the load was put on Kobe’s shoulders to keep the Lakers close to the Kings until the big guy returned.
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But, this is an injury that myself [sic] and the Lakers' medical staff will just have to continue to monitor on a day-to-day basis."[102] In September 2008 Bryant decided not to have surgery to repair the injury.[103]
.Leading his team to a West best 57–25 record, they swept the Nuggets in the first round and on May 6, 2008, Bryant was officially announced as the NBA Most Valuable Player award, his first for his career.^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Players > B > Kobe Bryant .
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^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Leagues > 2005-06 NBA .

^ Even though all three All-Stars have already accomplished a lot in their careers (Bryant is a four-time NBA champion and 2008 MVP, Wade is a world champion and 2006 Finals MVP and James is the reigning league MVP), in some ways they’re still following the template Jordan built more than 25 years ago.
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[4] He said, "It's been a long ride. I'm very proud to represent this organization, to represent this city."[104] .Jerry West, who was responsible for bringing Bryant to the Lakers was on hand at the press conference to observe Bryant receive his MVP trophy from NBA commissioner David Stern.^ The Los Angeles Lakers and their president, Jerry West, were among the teams convinced that Kobe was destined for greatness.
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^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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^ The Lakers' terrific trio of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom are poised to win an NBA title.
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He stated, "Kobe deserved it. He's had just another great season. Doesn't surprise me one bit."[105] .In addition to winning his MVP award, Bryant was the only unanimous selection to the All-NBA team on May 8, 2008 for the third straight season and sixth time in his career.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Players > B > Kobe Bryant .
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^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Leagues > 2005-06 NBA .

[106] .He would then headline the NBA All-Defensive First Team with Kevin Garnett, receiving 52 points overall including 24 first-place nods, earning his eighth selection.^ Maybe if Kevin Garnett didn’t tank down the stretch tonight, the Larry O’Brien Trophy would already be theirs.
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^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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^ If they gave out MVP awards for the first half, it would've been Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck in a rout.

[107]
.The Lakers concluded the 2007–08 regular season with a 57–25 record, finishing first in the Western Conference and setting up themselves for a first-round contest against the Nuggets.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ As for the rest of his teammates who are expected to compete for a final playoff berth, they stunk it up against the defending Western Conference champs getting taken to school in both ends.
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^ I’ll readily admit that I didn’t believe in this Boston Celtic team which sliced up opponents during the regular season to a league best 66 victories.
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.In Game 1, Bryant, who said he made himself a decoy through most of the game, scored 18 of his 32 points in the final 8 minutes to keep Los Angeles safely ahead.^ TNT’s Kenny Smith said about Bryant, who is widely regarded as the best closer in the game.
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^ In a lot of ways, Jordan can be held responsible for practically raising Bryant, 31, Wade, 27, and James, 24, through his profound impact in the game.
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^ Behind Howard’s more focused approach, the Magic reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
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[108] .That made Denver the first 50-win team to be swept out of the first round of the playoffs since the Memphis Grizzlies fell in four to the San Antonio Spurs in 2004.[109] In the first game of the next round against the Jazz, Bryant scored 38 points as the Lakers beat the Jazz in Game 1.[110] The Lakers won the next game as well, but dropped Games 3 and 4, even with Bryant putting up 33.5 points per game.^ Even in victory, Kobe Bryant can't win.

^ Kobe’s game will be on point and he needs to he won’t hesitate to drop fifty n the opposing team 50 if he needs to.

^ We had a game in Toronto and he had gotten hooked up with Vince Carter in the middle of a fourth quarter, and they kinda exchanged baskets and I thought it took our team out of our team play.
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[111] .The Lakers then won the next two games to win the semifinals in 6.[111] This set up a Western Conference Finals berth against the San Antonio Spurs.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ As for the rest of his teammates who are expected to compete for a final playoff berth, they stunk it up against the defending Western Conference champs getting taken to school in both ends.
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^ The Cavs are on the tail end of a four-game trip while the Lakers have barely left the West Coast for two months.
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.The Lakers defeated the Spurs in 5 games, sending themselves to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.^ In case anyone missed it, the Celtics prevailed over the Lakers 98-88 in Game One last night at TD Banknorth Garden.
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^ Behind Howard’s more focused approach, the Magic reached the NBA Finals before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
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^ These two will try to lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals.

.This marked the fifth time in Bryant's career and the first time without Shaquille O'Neal to go to the NBA Finals.^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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^ And, oh by the way, Shaquille O’Neal returns to the city he helped produce three NBA championships – as well as two very bad movies: “Kazaam” and “Steel.” .
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[112] .The Lakers then lost to the Boston Celtics in 6 games.^ In case anyone missed it, the Celtics prevailed over the Lakers 98-88 in Game One last night at TD Banknorth Garden.
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^ I dont know what happ Continue reading "Boston Celtics Take Game 1" .

^ Fisher as wingman, Bryant took HIS new-look Lakers to the NBA Finals in ‘08 but fell short against the Boston Celtics.
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[113]

Back on top (2008–09)

Images from the 2008-09 NBA season
Bryant set a Madison Square Garden record with 61 points.
Bryant defended by Courtney Lee of the Orlando Magic
.In the 2008–09 season, the Lakers opened the campaign by winning their first seven games.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ I remember that first pre-season game that Phil came back to us.

^ NBA All-Star Game MVP 2006-07 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2007-08 NBA MVP 2008-09 NBA All-Star Game MVP 2008-09 NBA Finals MVP .
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[114] .Bryant led the team to tie the franchise record for most wins to start the season, going 17–2,[115] and the Lakers went to 21–3 by the middle of December.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ While it went six, you never really got the sense that the Lakers were ever in it and could win.
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.Bryant led the Lakers to several key games against contenders for the NBA title, including a 92–83 win against Boston on an anticipated Christmas Day matchup,[116] a 105–88 win against Cleveland on January 19, 2009,[117] and a 6–0 road trip dating from January 30 to February 8, 2009 (which included two more respective wins over the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers).^ Continue reading "Christmas Gift: Lakers 92, Celtics 83" .

^ His first title came against the Lakers 4 1.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ (CROSSTALK) BRYANT: Only games we saw were the Celtics and the Lakers.
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[118] .As a result the Lakers remained the top seed in the Western Conference standings the entire season.^ After sleep-walking through the first two rounds of the playoffs and the first four games of the Western Conference finals, the Lakers are now fully caffeinated and wide awake.
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^ NBA: Select Page Season Summary Expanded Standings Expanded Leaders Schedule and Results Player Statistics Transactions Uniform Numbers Debuts Final Season .

Bryant at the championship parade of the 2009 NBA Champions Los Angeles Lakers
.Bryant continued his dominant play in the season, earning his eleventh consecutive All-Star Game start and again positioning himself as one of the front runners for the NBA Most Valuable Player award.^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Players > B > Kobe Bryant .
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^ Continue reading "The NBA's most pleasant surprises" .

^ Of all the comments Kobe Bryant made before the media after the Lakers became NBA champions for 2009, from his praise of Phil Jackson and his teammates to his plans for the summer, the ones most likely to get the greatest play Monday morning in the media refer to the removal Shaquille O'Neal's 325 (give or...
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[119] .Bryant was named the Western Conference Player of the Month for December and January in addition to being named Western Conference Player of the week three times.^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ Though he won three championships from 2000-02, this year’s title resonates more with Bryant, a player who balances being the most beloved player in the league and its most hated villain.
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^ Granger trails only Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant -- the league's top three players.

[120] In January, Bryant recorded 2 triple doubles to bring his career total to 16. These were the first two triple-doubles for Bryant since 2005.[121] During the 2009 NBA All-Star Game, Bryant who tallied 27 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals was awarded All-Star Game co-MVP with former teammate Shaquille O'Neal as the Western Conference All-Stars defeated their Eastern counterparts, 146–119.[122][123]
Bryant also had another notable scoring season. .February 2, In a road game against the New York Knicks, Bryant scored 61 points on 61% shooting in a 126–117 win.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

^ Lamar Odom came off the bench to score 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Luke Walton enjoyed his best game of the series with 10 points.
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.Bryant's scoring outburst set a record for the most points scored at Madison Square Garden, breaking Bernard King's record.^ With 24,837 points, Bryant likely will move up in the record books fairly soon.
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^ Bryant scored 14 of his game high 33 points in the fourth quarter t Continue reading "That's Just Kobe Being Kobe" .

^ LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, NBA super star Kobe Bryant, scoring points for the massive tsunami relief effort as the disaster's death toll closes in on 156,000.
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[124] .Bryant's performance was also the highest single game point total of the 2008–09 season in the NBA.[124] By season's end, Bryant had moved from 21st to 17th place on the NBA All-Time scoring list, passing (in chronological order) Elgin Baylor,[125] Adrian Dantley,[126] Robert Parish,[127] and Charles Barkley.^ Will Bryant be on the top of the list by the end of his career?
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^ Would I be surprised if Kobe passes Kareem for all time scoring list?
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^ From the ESPN all-time scoring leaders list.
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.The Lakers finished the season first in the west with a 65–17 record, and finished second overall in the NBA. Bryant was runner-up in the MVP voting behind LeBron James.^ If LeBron James is the MVP of the NBA, then Bryant is the MVP of a galaxy far, far away.
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^ With 24,837 points, Bryant likely will move up in the record books fairly soon.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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.Bryant was also selected to the All-NBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team for the seventh time in his career.^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant elevated himself to legend status.

^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
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^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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.Due to an extended playoff run in the previous year and playing in the 2008 Summer Olympics, Bryant played almost 3 minutes less per game than last season.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ They were both very winnable, decided in the last minute of the game.

^ Instead, an ineffective Rondo finished with eight and only four helpers while getting into foul trouble in less than 22 minutes.
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This resulted in a slight decline of most of Bryant's stats.
The Lakers started the playoffs on April 19, 2009 against the Utah Jazz. .The Lakers won that series 4–1. In the second round, the Lakers faced the Houston Rockets, prevailing in seven games, 4–3. In the third round, the Lakers faced the Denver Nuggets winning the series in six games, 4–2. The victory earned the Lakers their second straight trip to the NBA Finals and Bryant's 6th overall.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ Last night's loss to the Houston Rockets, putting them down 1-0 in the series, is to me, enough cause for concern.

^ With the addition of Ron Artest, the Lakers should roll through the West again and Bryant could potentially face LeBron and Shaq or Howard and the Magic or Kevin Garnett and Celtics in the Finals.
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.The Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic in the Finals to become the 2009 NBA Champions.^ These two will try to lead the Lakers back to the NBA finals.

^ Instead, like Game 2 when one stop would’ve changed the whole dynamic of the Finals, Orlando couldn’t keep the Lakers off the board.
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^ But the Magic gave away a second game in this NBA Finals falling in overtime 99-91 in Game 4 to trail 3-1 in the series.
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.Bryant was awarded his first NBA Finals MVP trophy upon winning his fourth championship, becoming the first player since Jerry West in the 1969 NBA Finals to average at least 32.4 points and 7.4 assists for a finals series[128][129] and the first since Michael Jordan to average 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for a title-winning team in the finals.^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
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^ Winning a fourth NBA championship definitely cemented Bryant’s place in NBA history.
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^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant elevated himself to legend status.

[130]

Quest for a repeat (2009–10 season)

Derek Fisher (left) and Bryant (center) with Barack Obama (right) on January 25, 2010
.Bryant continued to lead the defending champion Lakers as an elite team during the 2009–10 season.^ LA Lakers---2009 NBA Champions .
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^ Continue reading "New Lakers Team?

^ The Lakers took a 3-1 series lead Tuesday night in San Antonio thanks to Bryant and can close out the Spurs Thursday night at Staples Center.

.Of Bryant's notable contributions in the season, Bryant made a game-winning, buzzer-beating, one-legged three point shot against the Miami Heat on December 4, 2009.[131] Bryant considered the shot one of the luckiest he has made.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
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^ Andrew Bynum has left tonight's game against the Grizzlies with a right knee injury after Kobe Bryant fell on his knee.

^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
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[131] .Bryant suffered an avulsion fracture in his right index finger in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 11, 2009.[132] Despite the injury, Kobe elected to continue playing with it, rather than take any time off to rest the injury.^ "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the radial collateral ligament, an avulsion fracture, and a volar plate injury at the MCP joint of the small finger of this right hand, it was announced today.

^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

^ Those two plays were clear indications that Kobe Bryant has grown into his role as the most complete player in the world.
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[133] .On December 16, 2009, Bryant made another game winning shot, after missing on an opportunity in regulation, this time against the Milwaukee Bucks in an overtime game.^ YES HE'S TIRED Kobe Bryant was trying and failing to finish the game against the Magic on Thursday night.

^ Bryant is so close to winning his fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy that he’s starting to grind his teeth after each jump shot.
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^ Bryant’s willingness to share the ball was evident in Game 4 against the Magic.
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[134] .On January 1, 2010, Byrant made yet another game winning buzzer-beater, this time against the Sacramento Kings.^ January 8, 2010, 5:05 pm » Poll: Will Lakers end eight-game road losing streak to Portland?
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^ Anyone else notice another game the Lakers were trailing in and somehow come out with a win?

^ "We'll win it one game at a time, Cuz' Kobe Bryant is in his prime, And he's coming out to terrorize Bean Town, We're gonna win another ring .

[135] .On January 21, 2010, Bryant became the youngest player (31 years, 151 days) to reach 25,000 points, in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, in the Quicken Loans Arena.^ January 06, 2010 at 09:31 AM .
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ January 06, 2010 at 10:25 AM .
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ January 6, 2010, 2:17 am » Recent Comments RE: Andrew Bynum wary of his success against the Clippers .
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[136] .On January 31, 2010, Kobe made what would be the game-winning field goal against the Boston Celtics with 7.3 seconds left, leading the Lakers to comeback from an eleven point fourth quarter deficit.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ Oh, and nice call keeping the field-goal kicker on the bench on fourth-and-way-too-much in the third quarter.

^ After the Nuggets took a 31-30 lead thanks to J.R. Smith, the Lakers went back to work and the game became one-sided.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

[137] .On February 1, 2010, surpassed Jerry West to reach 25,208 career points as of that night.^ He is 355 points behind Jerry West , who also holds the Lakers' all-time record with 25,192 points.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[138] .On February 23, 2010, Bryant (playing in his 1000th NBA game) made a 3 pointer with 4.3 seconds remaining against the Memphis Grizzlies, which would become his fifth game-winning shot of the season.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ They are my second favorite NBA team for the way they play, having lost the 3 marquee names from last year.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ By winning his fourth NBA championship and his first Finals MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant earned his MA in being a team leader.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

.[139] In commenting on his multiple game winners, Bryant stated, "Every time, it just feels like the first time.^ I feel like I’m just as good as him.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ I mean, in every case, in ever instance up until this time, they've done -- they've treated her like a, you know, serial killer.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ YATES: Just being able to separate, you know, the -- the horrific act that she committed from her intentions and her reasons and her mental state at the time.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

It truly does. It's a great feeling. It's always brand new." .[140] On March 9, 2010, Bryant made a baseline 17-foot fade-away jump shot with 1.9 seconds left against the Toronto Raptors, which would become his sixth game-winning shot of the season.^ The Lakers’ talent and length have been overwhelming the opposition since stealing Gasol from Memphis in February of 2008, winning a remarkable 109 of 121 regular-season games.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Bryant is so close to winning his fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy that he’s starting to grind his teeth after each jump shot.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

[141]
.Bryant started off the season averaging a career high in field goal shooting percentage (49.3%).^ Radmanovic should have been a very useful player for the Lakers, providing floor space for Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, and bringing high-percentage shooting from downtown as well as the free throw stripe.

^ As usual, Bryant led all scorers with 35 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the line.
  • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

^ League MVP Kobe Bryant struggled shooting just 9-of-26 even though he scored a team high 24 along with six assists.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

[142] .However between December 11 and January 23, Bryant was shooting just 43% due to injuring his finger and back.^ Bryant’s supporting cast stepped up with their backs to the wall getting double/doubles from Pau Gasol (19 and 13 w/ 6 assists) and Lamar Odom (20 and 11).
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ League MVP Kobe Bryant struggled shooting just 9-of-26 even though he scored a team high 24 along with six assists.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

[142]

International career

Bryant in a game against China at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Team competition
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold 2007 Las Vegas Team competition
.Bryant's senior international career with the United States national team began in 2006. He was a member of the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team and USA FIBA Americas Championship Team that finished 10–0, won gold and qualified the United States men for the 2008 Olympics.^ KOBE BRYANT Q. As you well know, Phil Jackson now, 10 championships, most in history.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

He started in all 10 of the USA's FIBA Americas Championship games. .He is ranked third on the team for made and attempted free throws, ranked fourth for made field goals, made 3-pointers.^ Oh, and nice call keeping the field-goal kicker on the bench on fourth-and-way-too-much in the third quarter.

^ One made free throw probably would’ve sealed it.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ He has attempted a few more free throws than the entire Laker team.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

.Among all FIBA Americas Championship competitors, Bryant is ranked 15th in scoring, 14th in assists, and eighth in steals.^ League MVP Kobe Bryant struggled shooting just 9-of-26 even though he scored a team high 24 along with six assists.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

.Scored in double-digits in eight of 10 games.^ I'm not saying that he needs to score 24 a game, but needs to be in the double digits at least.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

He drained the game winner on a 14 feet (4.3 m) jumper above the foul line with second left in the game. .He currently averages a .530 shooting percentage, with 16.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists.^ Kobe had good across the board numbers with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, including a nice scoring streak in the second half.

^ In his Milwaukee debut, former Net Richard Jefferson was held to 5-of-17 from the floor for 15 points, four rebounds and two assists in 38-plus.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

^ By switching Kobe on Rajon Rondo (16 Game 2 assists), they kept the speedy point guard from getting in the paint and finding open teammates.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

[143]
.As a part of his international expansion, he is also featured in a Chinese reality TV show, called the Kobe Mentu show, which documents Chinese basketball players on different teams going through drills, preparing to play each other while Bryant gives advice and words of encouragement to the players while they practice.^ Having a father that played, and a father who always challenged me to become a better basketball player than him.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant He scored more points than an entire team without even trying He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ (COMMERCIAL BREAK) KING: We're back on LARRY KING LIVE. And this portion of the program was taped earlier today at the Lakers training center in El Segundo with the great Kobe Bryant, on of the great basketball players ever.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

[144]
On June 23, 2008, he was named to the USA Men's Senior National Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[145] This was his first time going to the Olympics.
.Bryant scored 20 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, along with six assists, as Team USA defeated Spain 118–107 in the Gold Medal Game of the 2008 Summer Olympics on August 24, 2008, breaking their drought of Olympics gold medals dating back to the 2000 Olympics.^ Continue reading "USA Guts Out Gold, Beats Spain 118-107, ..."

^ With 24,837 points, Bryant likely will move up in the record books fairly soon.
  • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ At least the Pens showed some pride and made that a series forcing the Red Wings to earn a six-game triumph for a fourth Cup in 11 years.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

[146] .He averaged 15.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting .462 from the field in eight Olympic contests.^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ Kobe had good across the board numbers with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists, including a nice scoring streak in the second half.

^ Rose begins this trip with some historic numbers -- averages of 18.9 points, 5.6 assists and 5 rebounds a game.

Player profile

Bryant shoots over Shane Battier.
Bryant is a shooting guard who is capable of playing the small forward position. .He is considered one of the most complete players in the NBA[147][148] has been selected to every All-NBA Team since 1999, and has been featured in the last eleven NBA All-Star games.^ NBA All-Star Game 2009 (1) .
  • Kobe Bryant in Rhinestones - David Arnott - First Cuts - Sporting News 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.sportingnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Olympics Player Search: players teams leagues coaches leaders awards playoffs all-star draft wnba d-league full court You Are Here > Basketball-Reference.com > Leagues > 2005-06 NBA .

^ It was one heck of a ride all season long in the face of last year's disappointment vs the Celtics.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[2] Sports writers and sports casters have frequently compared Bryant to Michael Jordan, a comparison he does not like being made.[149] .In 2007, an ESPN poll of sportswriters voted him as the second best shooting guard in NBA history behind Jordan.^ He is currently the second leading scorer in the NBA, just 2 ticks behind Alan Iverson with 28.6, I think, to 28.4.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I'm among those who worried that his best days were behind him.
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

[148] .He is a prolific scorer, averaging 25.1 points per game for his career, along with 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals.^ KOBE BRYANT: What did he average, 17 points, 17 rebounds, five blocked shots?
  • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ As usual, Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 27 pts., w/9 rebounds and 5 assists.

^ As for Granger, his 25.9 point per game average is incredibly impressive, and he's showing no signs of slowing down.

[150] He is known for his ability to create shots for himself. .He shares the single-game NBA record for three pointers made with twelve.^ What has transpired in the last two NBA Finals games has made it clear: Kobe Bryant is not the best closer in the league.

[151] Bryant is often cited as one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA,[152] though his 45.5% career field goal average is considered moderate. He utilizes his speed and athletic ability to elude defenders to finish at the basket. .Aside from this, he is also a standout defender, having made the All-Defensive first or second team nine of the last ten seasons.^ All-Defensive Teams .

[2] Both TNT and Sporting News named Bryant the NBA Player of the Decade for 2000-09[153][154]

Personal life

.In November 1999, 21-year-old Bryant met 17-year-old Vanessa Laine while she was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up".[155] Bryant was in the building working on his debut musical album, which was never released.^ And the children, you know, the first thing I met when I got off the plane to start working here, first story I did was of a young 7-year-old boy who had lost his parents, his siblings in a train crash.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "This is what makes champions,"' a 21-year-old Bryant was quoted as saying.

.The two began dating and became engaged just six months later in May 2000,[155] while Laine was still a senior at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California.^ We had oral arguments early last month, and they -- you know, they were saying anywhere from maybe two to six months, you know, to get a verdict from the judges.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ League MVP Kobe Bryant struggled shooting just 9-of-26 even though he scored a team high 24 along with six assists.
  • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

To avoid media scrutiny, she finished high school through independent study.[155] According to Vanessa's cousin Laila Laine, there was no prenuptial agreement. Vanessa said Bryant "loved her too much for one".[156]
They married on April 18, 2001 in Dana Point, California. Neither Bryant's parents, his two sisters, longtime advisor and agent Arn Tellem, nor Bryant's Laker teammates attended. Bryant's parents were opposed to the marriage for a number of reasons. .Reportedly Bryant's parents had problems with him marrying so young, especially to a woman who was not African-American.^ I can still remember where I was when Kobe Bryant was accused of hurting that young woman in Colorado.

[155] This disagreement resulted in an estrangement period of over two years, which ended when Bryant had his first daughter.
The Bryants' first child, a daughter named Natalia Diamante Bryant, was born on January 19, 2003. The birth of Natalia influenced Bryant to reconcile his differences with his parents. .Vanessa Bryant suffered a miscarriage due to an ectopic pregnancy in the spring of 2005. Their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, was born on May 1, 2006. Gianna was born six minutes ahead of former teammate Shaquille O'Neal's daughter Me'arah Sanaa, who was born in Florida.^ When Shaquille O'Neal branded Bryant "the best player in the game" back in the 2001 playoffs, it has only been spoken but never printed that Kobe is the most valuable player in the league.

^ The feud with Shaquille O'Neal, with many people believing an arrogant and selfish Bryant drove O'Neal out of town and coach Phil Jackson into retirement in 2004.

^ Lakers went on an improbable 15-0 run behind Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to steal an 89-84 win.

[157] In an early 2007 interview, it was revealed that Bryant still speaks Italian fluently.[9]

Sexual assault allegation

.In the summer of 2003, the sheriff's office of Eagle, Colorado arrested Bryant in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by 19-year old hotel employee Katelyn Faber.^ "This is what makes champions,"' a 21-year-old Bryant was quoted as saying.

Bryant had checked into The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera hotel in Eagle, Colorado in advance of undergoing knee surgery nearby. Faber accused Bryant of raping her in his hotel room the night before Bryant was to have the procedure. Bryant admitted an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied her sexual assault allegation.[158][159]
The accusation tarnished Bryant's reputation, as the public's perception of Bryant plummeted, and his endorsement contracts with McDonald's and Nutella were terminated. Sales for Bryant's replica jersey fell significantly from their previous highs.[160]
However, in September 2004 the assault case was dropped by prosecutors after Faber refused to testify in the trial. Afterward, Bryant agreed to apologize to Faber for the incident, including his public mea culpa: "Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did."[161] Faber filed a separate civil lawsuit against Bryant, which the two sides ultimately settled with the specific terms of the settlement being undisclosed to the public.

Endorsements

Bryant in Hong Kong for his 2009 Nike Asian Tour
Before starting the 1996–97 NBA season, Bryant signed a 6-year contract with Adidas worth approximately $48 million.[162][163] .His first signature shoe was the Equipment KB 8.[164] Bryant's other earlier endorsements included deals with The Coca-Cola Company to endorse their Sprite soft drink, appearing in advertisements for McDonald's, promoting Spalding's new NBA Infusion Ball, Upper Deck, Italian chocolate company Ferrero SpA's brand Nutella, Russell Corporation,[165] and appearing on his own series of video games by Nintendo.^ OT, off a great feed from Bryant to help seal the deal, and open up a 3-1 series lead in Game 4.

Many companies like McDonald's and Ferrero SpA terminated his contracts when rape allegations against him became public.[166] A notable exception was Nike, Inc., who had signed him to a 5-year, $40–45 million contract just before the incident.[167][168] However, they refused to use his image or market a new shoe of his for the year.
He has since resumed endorsement deals with The Coca-Cola Company, through their subsidiary Energy Brands to promote their Vitamin Water brand of drinks.[169] Bryant was also the cover athlete for NBA '07: Featuring the Life Vol. .2 and appeared in a commercial for the video game Guitar Hero World Tour with Tony Hawk, Michael Phelps, and Alex Rodriguez in 2008. Nike held onto Bryant and eventually did start promoting Bryant once his image was back up 2 years later.^ (END VIDEO CLIP) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I did mention earlier that Satan was within you.
  • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When Shaquille O'Neal branded Bryant "the best player in the game" back in the 2001 playoffs, it has only been spoken but never printed that Kobe is the most valuable player in the league.

^ (END VIDEO CLIP) (COMMERCIAL BREAK) (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What were you trying to accomplish then when you did take your children's lives?
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[168]
In 2008 Bryant completed a pair of viral videos showing him doing dangerous stunts to promote Nike's Hyper Dunk shoes. The first showed Bryant jumping over a speeding Aston Martin and the second one showed Bryant with the crew of Jackass jumping over a pool of snakes. Both videos received over 4.5 million views each on YouTube. Bryant later hinted that the stunts were fake, as actually doing them would violate his contract with the Lakers by participating in dangerous activities. After promoting Nike's Hyperdunk shoes, Bryant came out with the fourth edition of his signature line by Nike, the Zoom Kobe IV. In 2010 Nike launched another shoe, Nike Zoom Kobe V.[170] In 2009, Bryant signed a deal with Nubeo to market the "Black Mamba collection", a line of sports/luxury watches that range from $25,000 to $285,000.[171]
On February 9, 2009, Bryant was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. .However, it wasn't for anything basketball related, rather it was about Bryant being a big fan of FC Barcelona.^ I being a Lakers fan am excited about this season.

[172] CNN estimated Bryant's endorsement deals in 2007 to be worth $16 million a year.[173] .In 2009, Kobe was tied with Michael Jordan for second in Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid athletes with $45 million.^ Everyone keeps saying Kobe Bryant or LeBron James is the next Michael Jordan.

^ Kobe while being the best player in the league for a while, and one of the best ever to play the game, is no MJ. Michael Jordan had the mental toughness to do anything he wanted, and that's why he is the best ever.

[174]
Video game cover athlete:
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NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 L.A. Lakers 71 6 15.5 .417 .375 .819 1.9 1.3 .7 .3 7.6
1997–98 L.A. Lakers 79 1 26.0 .428 .341 .794 3.1 2.5 .9 .5 15.4
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 50 50 37.9 .465 .267 .839 5.3 3.8 1.4 1.0 19.9
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 66 62 38.2 .468 .319 .821 6.3 4.9 1.6 .9 22.5
2000–01 L.A. Lakers 68 68 40.9 .464 .305 .853 5.9 5.0 1.7 .6 28.5
2001–02 L.A. Lakers 80 80 38.3 .469 .250 .829 5.5 5.5 1.5 .4 25.2
2002–03 L.A. Lakers 82 82 41.5 .451 .383 .843 6.9 5.9 2.2 .8 30.0
2003–04 L.A. Lakers 65 64 37.6 .438 .327 .852 5.5 5.1 1.7 .4 24.0
2004–05 L.A. Lakers 66 66 40.7 .433 .339 .816 5.9 6.0 1.3 .8 27.6
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 80 80 41.0 .450 .347 .850 5.3 4.5 1.8 .4 35.4
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 77 77 40.8 .463 .344 .868 5.7 5.4 1.4 .5 31.6
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 82 82 38.9 .459 .361 .840 6.3 5.4 1.8 .5 28.3
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 82 82 36.1 .467 .351 .856 5.2 4.9 1.5 .4 26.8
Career 948 800 36.4 .455 .341 .840 5.3 4.6 1.5 .5 25.1
All-Star 11 11 27.1 .503 .354 .778 4.5 4.6 2.7 .4 18.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 L.A. Lakers 9 0 14.8 .382 .261 .867 1.2 1.2 .3 .2 8.2
1997–98 L.A. Lakers 11 0 20.0 .408 .214 .689 1.9 1.5 .3 .7 8.7
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 8 8 39.4 .430 .348 .800 6.9 4.6 1.9 1.2 19.8
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 22 22 39.0 .442 .344 .754 4.5 4.4 1.5 1.5 21.1
2000–01 L.A. Lakers 16 16 43.4 .469 .324 .821 7.3 6.1 1.6 .8 29.4
2001–02 L.A. Lakers 19 19 43.8 .434 .379 .759 5.8 4.6 1.4 .9 26.6
2002–03 L.A. Lakers 12 12 44.3 .432 .403 .827 5.1 5.2 1.2 .1 32.1
2003–04 L.A. Lakers 22 22 44.2 .413 .247 .813 4.7 5.5 1.9 .3 24.5
2005–06 L.A. Lakers 7 7 44.9 .497 .400 .771 6.3 5.1 1.1 .4 27.9
2006–07 L.A. Lakers 5 5 43.0 .462 .357 .919 5.2 4.4 1.0 .4 32.8
2007–08 L.A. Lakers 21 21 41.1 .479 .302 .809 5.7 5.6 1.7 .4 30.1
2008–09 L.A. Lakers 23 23 40.8 .457 .349 .883 5.3 5.5 1.7 .9 30.2
Career 175 155 39.4 .447 .329 .811 5.1 4.7 1.4 .7 25.0

Accomplishments and records

See also

Notes

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  3. ^ a b NBA Staff. (2006-01-22). Watch All of Kobe's 81 Points in 3 Minutes at YouTube. NBA. 
  4. ^ a b NBA Staff (2008-05-06). "Kobe Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award,". NBA. http://www.nba.com//news/kobe_mvp_080506.html. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  5. ^ Sheridan, Chris (2008-08-25). "Redeem Team proves worthy of Dream Team comparison". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/basketball/columns/story?columnist=sheridan_chris&page=DreamRedeem-080825. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  6. ^ http://www.nba.com/2009/news/10/08/bryant.jersey.china/index.html?rss=true
  7. ^ Draft Express Staff. "Rob Pelinka". DraftExpress LLC. http://www.draftexpress.com/agents/Rob-Pelinka-99/. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  8. ^ SI Staff (2004-11-02). Rape case against Bryant dismissed "Rape case against Bryant dismissed (D.A. says accuser didn't want to proceed; experts wonder if civil lawsuit might be near settlement)". Article & Video. MSNBC. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/5861379/ Rape case against Bryant dismissed. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  9. ^ a b c Sportitalia Staff. (2007-04-08). Intervista Kobe Bryant in italiano su Sportitalia 1^PARTE at YouTube. Sportitalia. 
  10. ^ http://lakers.freedomblogging.com/2009/03/06/kobe-to-pau-pass-the-ball-por-favor/13129/
  11. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCJ/is_5_28/ai_71187958
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  14. ^ D'Hippolito, Joseph (2006-08-08). "Ronaldinho is a U.S. tour de force". (Special for USA TODAY, Soccer > Inside Sports ). USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2006-08-07-ronaldinho-north-american-tour_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-28. 
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    • Kobe Bryant Vs. Michael Jordan - Who's Better? 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They really -- she's really doing pretty well right now.
    • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

    and if I don't get it, I'm going to get this close. .
    • As quoted in Kobe Bryant : Hard to the Hoop‎ (2000) by Mark Stewart, p.^ Hoop it up in your new white Kobe Bryant jersey or show your Lakers spirit at game time; sport your favorite player jersey everywhere.
      • Kobe bryant jersey NBA Shop at bizrate - Shop online this holiday season for Sports Equipment & Outdoor Gear 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bizrate.com [Source type: General]

      ^ What most people don't know is that that quote continues, "...afraid of Kobe Bryant."
      • Top 100 Facts About Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.100factsabout.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Kobe Bryant rises above any rivalry Comment December 20 Los Angeles Times columnist Mark Heisler " Now to see just whose age this is .

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  • The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor.^ I'm going to go out there and do the best that I can every single time."
    • Print Kobe Bryant Doesn't Want Your Love 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’m a grown man, so when I go out there and play the game, I play the game.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ For the chance to play in big-time games?

    .That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well.^ Go out there and have fun.
    • HoopsHype - Interviews - Kobe Bryant: "The truth always comes out" 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopshype.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We're going to have to go out there and beat them.
    • Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I’m a grown man, so when I go out there and play the game, I play the game.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    .
  • As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don't know.^ And as far as Lebron avg more stats than Kobe the last four years, we all know thats a lie” .
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ What I want to know, son, is how come you have time to pose for Gorilla pictures and don’t have a post game or a mid-range game?
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ And you have plenty of players who go to college, come out and stay four years and come to the NBA and don't have successful careers.
    • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.^ I just want to be the best – simple and plain.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ "I just want to get the best out of him.''
    • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Kobe Bryant is the BEST basketball player and that's a fact....
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

  • Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise. .
  • I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.^ He had 25 game-winning shots !
    • Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? | Bleacher Report 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC bleacherreport.com [Source type: General]

    ^ As it was, Kobe's teammates couldn't hit water if they fell off a boat that night.
    • Kobe Bryant's Game 7 No Shot Pout the most selfish act in sports since Phil Mickelson's Ryder Cup equipment switch Chris Baldwin 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.travelgolf.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Bogut did not return to the game and watched the rest of the way from the Boomers' bench, sitting with an ice pack on the ankle.
    • Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • I'm playing against great players, playing against the best in the world.^ ERod0012 Says: January 15th, 2009 at 6:48 pm Kobe is the best player IN THE WORLD. Not only can he do anything, but he knows exactly when to do everything.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Those two plays were clear indications that Kobe Bryant has grown into his role as the most complete player in the world.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ "He is the best player in the game, the way he plays, the way he dominates,'' Foye said of Bryant.
    • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

    The competition - that's what I've always wanted. .
  • The guy said NBA players are one in a million, ...^ Fresh off of being named the NBA's top player in a national survey of league executives and experts, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said he's runner-up to Dwyane Wade in one area.
    • Kobe Bryant News - Topix 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: News]

    ^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ I watch you guys play every game in the NBA. I was freaked out when they said that you had flu.
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .I said, "Man, look, I'm going to be that one in a million."^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ The way I look at it, it's like Kobe's the one you don't even have to say his name,'' Richardson said.

    ^ This is one bad man,” former NBA guard and current ABC/ESPN analyst Mark Jackson said.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

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  • I don't want to be the next Micheal Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant
  • There's been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that's simply not the case.^ Mascherano wants picture with Kobe Bryant .

    ^ Not only is Bryant having one of his best ...

    ^ For one, there would be no Kobe Bryant.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    We win games when I score 40 points and we've won when I score 10.

Quotes about Kobe Bryant

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  • I've been quoted in the past and I will continue to be quoted; I think he's the best player in our league right now.^ Kobe Bryant 5 Not a team player, not a nice person, but he is one of the best shooters in the history of the league.
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kobe is clearly one of the best players in the NBA, but I think Lebron gets the edge over Kobe.
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ LeBron is an absolute ridiculous ball player, but right now, is he better than Kobe Bryant?
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    .
  • Only God can stop Kobe Bryant.^ Kobe Bryant at Aahceleb.com .
    • Kobe Bryant Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Video Source: youtube.com Kobe Bryant Amazing Buzzer ...
    • Kobe Bryant at allvoices.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.allvoices.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Tags: kobe bryant , KobeBryant , lebron james , LebronJames .
    • Kobe Bryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]
    • KobeBryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC it.tmz.com [Source type: General]
    • KobeBryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC httwww.tmz.com [Source type: General]
    • KobeBryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC wwww.tmz.com [Source type: General]
    • KobeBryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC htwww.tmz.com [Source type: General]
    • KobeBryant | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC jwww.tmz.com [Source type: General]

  • He's an unbelievable player. .He's God's gift, something that's going to flash before our eyes and I don't think it's ever going to happen again.^ I really don't think it's going to keep women from sleeping with him.

    .The only person I can think about he's catching up with is Michael Jordan.^ Michael Jordan once put up 55 -- the cool kids call it "double nickels: -- and Bernard King had 60 on Christmas in 1984.
    • kobebryant coverage by Gothamist 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC gothamist.com [Source type: General]

    ^ With 40 makes, he trails only Michael Jordan (42) and former teammate Robert “Big Shot Bob” Horry (56).
    • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

    ^ We knew they would eventually start hitting them, but I don't think we were intent enough about covering them up.''
    • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

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  • I give him all the respect in the world.^ It’s amazing to see the love and support that all the Laker fans are giving him and the rest of the Lakers.
    • Kobe Bryant » Smarter Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.smarter.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He never could get into rhythm due to all the double teams he saw which came high forcing him to give up the ball.
    • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

    He is the No. .1 player in the league, by far.^ He is by far the best player in the league today, bar none.
    • Historical Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.leadernotes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It’s like that. .With a player like him, he just wants that challenge.^ "I just want to get the best out of him.''
    • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I feel like I’m just as good as him.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Reading the quotes later, I wanted to like him, to sympathize with him in his troubles.
    • lies.com » Kobe Bryant: Adulterer (+ Rapist?) 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.lies.com [Source type: Original source]

    He’s just that fierce competitor. He doesn’t want to get out-showed. He’s the one who everybody’s afraid of. .
  • I think Kobe Bryant should be at the top of the (MVP) list.^ Kobe Bryant 5 Kobe is WAY underrated on this list.
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of ...
    • Kobe Bryant at allvoices.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.allvoices.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Video Source: youtube.com Kobe Bryant Top 10 Dunks & Moves note: only a small summary, I made ...
    • Kobe Bryant at allvoices.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.allvoices.com [Source type: General]

    His game is unstoppable. .
  • He's definitely the best player in the NBA — to me.^ NBA.com player file .
    • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Kobe Bryant 5 the best player in the NBA. .
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ When he gets it going, he’s one of the best players of all time,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom said of Bryant.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    .I don't know if winning the (MVP) award is important to him or not.^ Either they didn't do enough homework before they drafted him or something changed when he got here and the Bears still don't know why or what to do about it.

    ^ In 2009 Bryant won his fourth NBA championship leading the Lakers to their fifteenth title winning his first Finals MVP award.
    • Kobe Bryant - Hoopedia 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC hoopedia.nba.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Shaq and Kobe needed each other to win their championships, so I don't know what the hell people are talking about when they say Kobe rode Shaq's coat tails to 3 titles.
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .But he has four (championship) rings and that's what it's all about.^ Kobe wore a shirt that was all about him and his 4 rings.
    • RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Celtics Fans: Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.redsarmy.com [Source type: General]

    .
  • To me he is the best player in the world right now.^ Lebron is hands down the best player in world kobe .
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Then, James had his apparent historic triple-double in New York downgraded by an NBA review, and now, the Cavaliers have had their invincibility at home stripped by the road-weary Lakers.
    • Kobe Bryant | Official Website of BBallOne.com 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.bballone.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant were named Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for March.

    That guy doesn't know fear at all. He doesn't care. .He would have won it
    "Obviously Kobe is an unbelievable player.
    ^ The better player of the two is obviously Kobe.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ StoneCold Says: May 20th, 2009 at 8:22 am “The better player of the two is obviously Kobe.” .
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ You’ve been blasting like 9 people who think that Kobe is the better player, but this is obviously there opinion.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    He can explode for 50 points at any given time. .There's nothing we can do about that, and we're just going to have to deal with that.^ We're going to have to go out there and beat them.
    • Kobe Bryant - 2008 Summer Olympics 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC blogs.jsonline.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And then there were all these rumors about guys going to play in Europe that turned out to be untrue so we all just said, eh whatever, Childress is just a one-time case, they'll never get big time stars over there.
    • Kobe Bryant To Be Offered $83 Million By Greek Team Olympiakos | NBA 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.faniq.com [Source type: General]

    ^ He would just go dunk over top whoever was there.
    • SLAM ONLINE | » Top 40 Dunks: Michael Jordan vs. Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.slamonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .You're never going to stop Kobe.^ You're not going to make them all.
    • Kobe Bryant - News, photos, topics, and quotes 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Kobe Bryant - News, photos, topics, and quotes 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The ball always stops bouncing at some point, but the questions is where is it going to take you.

    ^ If the Magic approach the game as if Kobe is gassed, then he'll dominate them in every possible way and we're going to be looking at another blowout.
    • RedsArmy.com - The Voice Of Celtics Fans: Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.redsarmy.com [Source type: General]

    He's just too good. .You just have to make him work for what he gets.^ The Lakers has been my #1 team every since I was little.I just want to you ,Lamar Odmor, and the rest of the team to keep you the good work.By the way ...
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Then he ended up getting out of line because people were making a big deal of him being there.
    • Celebraties at Disneyland 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC www.oitc.com [Source type: General]

    ^ MM - also - just so you know - the email I used last night is my home one, and this one here is my work.
    • Kobe Bryant moving up in the record books | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    .Kobe is the greatest player I have ever seen at what he does.^ Kobe is the greatest player ive ever seen im 16 years old therefore i wasnt old at the time to see micheal jordan in his prime but to me Kobe is the greatest Hooper alive, on the planet .
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
    • Kobe Bryant Photos, Pictures, & Biography 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC lakers.topbuzz.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kobe Bryant 5 Basketball analysts, players, coaches, managers and the like, says that Kobe is the greatest player today..
    • Kobe Bryant - Reviews on RateItAll 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.rateitall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ While Kobe drove himself to the point of obsession, trying to be the greatest player of all-time.
    • Sporting News' NBA Athlete of the Decade: Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers - Sporting News - NBA - Sporting News 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.sportingnews.com [Source type: General]

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  • You can set the bar at seven and a half feet and tell them nobody has every jumped that before.^ So check back every Sunday and give us your ten cents for the match-ups we set up for you!

    ^ As another die-hard Lakers fan since 1970, I could tell you exactly where I was for every great Lakers moment you described.
    • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ BTW, if you use statistical data only like before, you are setting yourself up to fail in most things.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    And they say, 'I can do it.' .And they'll go out and try.^ And then there were all these rumors about guys going to play in Europe that turned out to be untrue so we all just said, eh whatever, Childress is just a one-time case, they'll never get big time stars over there.
    • Kobe Bryant To Be Offered $83 Million By Greek Team Olympiakos | NBA 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.faniq.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They sure better get it figured out in a hurry before Tuesday because otherwise, this is going to turn into a complete dud.
    • Kobe Bryant | Hitting Back :: A New York Sports Blog 28 January 2010 1:13 UTC www.hittingback.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Do you think they'll try to take it criminal again?
    • CNN.com - Transcripts 12 September 2009 15:59 UTC transcripts.cnn.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
  • Kobe is a fierce competitor.^ KOBE BRYANT Q. As you well know, Phil Jackson now, 10 championships, most in history.
    • Kobe Bryant Postgame Quotes: On Legacy | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC lakersblog.latimes.com [Source type: General]

    ^ A Stern Warning 18 hours ago Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson are two of the best interviewees in the NBA .
    • Kobe Bryant - News, photos, topics, and quotes 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.daylife.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson were not happy with the way Game 4 was officiated.
    • OneManFastBreak.net | Tag Archive | Kobe Bryant 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC www.onemanfastbreak.net [Source type: General]

    .When he comes in the game and he senses any fear in your team, or in the guy who's guarding him...^ The guy who accused Marvin Harrison of shooting him has managed to get shot again.

    ^ Really, I guess it was just a coincidence that the guy who denied Lebron the game winner in game 1, who happens to be the best defender on the team Mikael Pietris, was put on Sasha Pavlovic.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    ^ After that, you’ll try to credit “conspiracy theories” for the “Individual” success of the guy who’s in “opposition” to your “claims” or discredit his coaches decision making.
    • Friday Fire: The Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James Debate Continues | The Starting Five 28 January 2010 1:14 UTC thestartingfive.net [Source type: General]

    oh, he's gonna eat you up!
    • Jason Terry, shooting guard for the Dallas Mavericks [citation needed]

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Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978(1978-08-23)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

He has won five championship rings from 2000-2002 and again in 2009-2010 with Phil Jackson as coach. The first three he won playing with Shaquille O'Neal, and the last two with Pau Gasol

He was awarded the season's MVP in the 2007-08 NBA season after leading his team to the 2008 NBA Playoffs as the first seed in the Western Conference.

In 2008, he won a gold medal with the United States national team at the Olympics in Beijing, China.


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