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Kobe Bryant Biography

Birth Name:
Kobe Bean Bryant
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Professional basketball player

Fast Facts

  • Father Joe Bryant played eight seasons in the NBA and seven in Italy before eventually becoming WNBA coach
  • Named after a type of steak his parents saw listed on a restaurant menu
  • Speaks fluent Italian, having spent eight childhood years in Italy
  • Took R&B singer Brandy to his high school prom
  • Went directly from high school to play for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996
  • Became youngest All-Star in NBA history at the age of 19 in 1998
  • Won three straight NBA championships with the Lakers (2000-02), plus back-to-back titles (2009-10) in which he was named Finals MVP
  • Led the NBA in scoring 2006 and 2007 and was named league MVP in 2008
  • Scored 81 points, second most ever in NBA history, against Toronto in 2006
  • In 2006, his daughter Gianna Maria-Onoro was born six minutes before the daughter of Bryant's former teammate, Shaquille O'Neal


  • Bianka Bella Bryant -- Daughter
  • Gianna Maria-Onoro Bryant -- Daughter
  • Natalia Diamante Bryant -- Daughter
  • Joe Bryant -- Father
  • Pam Bryant -- Mother
  • Sharia Bryant-Washington -- Sister
  • Shaya Bryant -- Sister
  • John 'Chubby' Cox -- Uncle
  • Vanessa Bryant -- Wife