Kobe Bryant was a well known professional basketball player mostly called “Black Mamba” by fans. He entered the NBA when he left high school and played in the league for a 20-season professional career. Bryant is a very successful player and has earned several awards as a professional basketball player. He has eighteen-time All-Star, Fifteen-time All-NBA Team, five NBA championship, and 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team. Additionally, Kobe won the NBA’s most valuable player in 2008 and has also won the NBA Finals MVP twice. He is one of the greatest players of all time.
In the history of the league, Bryant is the youngest player to reach 30,000 career points at just 34 years old. He is also the first guard in the history of the NBA to play 20 seasons. On the 1st of February, 2010 Kobe became the leading scorer in Lakers history. Bryant has won 2 gold medals for being on the United States National Team. He has accomplished many things until the time of his death. Kobe died on the 26th of January in a helicopter crash with his daughter and 7 other people. He was 41 years old at the time of his death.
Kobe Bean Bryant was born on the 23rd of August, 1978 in Philadelphia to Pamela Cox Bryant and Joe Bryant, a former NBA player. He was raised in a catholic home and continued to practice his faith until he passed away. He grew up with his two sisters, Shaya and Sharia. As a child, Kobe loved playing basketball and his favorite team was the Lakers.
His father retired from the NBA when Kobe was just six years old. After his retirement, the family moved to Italy and he continued playing but at a lower level. The family moved around a lot, some of the places they lived are Reggio Calabria, Pistoia, and Reggio Emilia. While they were in Reggio Emilia, he began to take football more seriously. He watched video of NBA games and animations about sport which aided him in his passion. Basketball was not the only thing he loved, Kobe also loved playing soccer. When he is on holiday, he plays in a summer league in the United States.
The family later moved back to Philadelphia when Kobe was 13 years and while there, he attended BalaCywynd Middle School. After that, he went to Lower Merion High School where he played on the basketball team. He was the first freshman to start in the school’s lower varsity team. He compiled amazing records with his time in the school and started getting attention from college recruiters. Kobe Bryant achieved many things in high school and also bagged several awards.
When Kobe Bryant was just 21 years old, he met Vanessa Laine who was 17 at that time. They dated and got engaged after six months. Vanessa was still attending high school then and she had to finish high school to avoid media attention. They got married on the 18th of April, 2001 in a catholic church in California. The basketball player did not attend the wedding as they did not want him to get married at a young age and to a woman who is not African-American. There was no relationship with his family for almost two years until the couple welcomed their first daughter in 2003.
Vanessa got pregnant in 2005 but lost it due to an ectopic pregnancy. The following year, they had their second child, Gianna Maria-Onore. In 2011, Vanessa filed for divorce and both of them requested joint custody of their daughters. However, Vanessa and Kobe announced that their divorce has been called off on the 11th of January, 2013. They had another child in 2016 and another girl in June 2019.
Kobe is multilingual and can speak Italian, English, and Spanish. He named himself “Black Mamba” comparing his skills to that of the eponymous snake’s speed. The net worth of Kobe Bryantis around $680 million according to Forbes and is the most a team athlete has ever made.
10 Inspirational Mr. Kobe Bryant Quotes
As a very accomplished basketball player, Kobe is a source of inspiration to be out there. We have selected his top 10 inspirational quotes;
- “Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.”
- “The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”
- “The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win”.
- “Winning takes precedence overall. There’s no gray area. No almosts”.
- “I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with a purpose.”
- “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.”
- “I’m extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. It’s not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.”
- “The most important thing is you must put everybody on notice that you’re here and you are for real.”
- “We can always kind of be average and do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.”
- “Trust me; setting things up right from the beginning will avoid a ton of tears and heartache.”
On the 26th of January, 2020, Kobe Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash with eight other people. He was going to Camarillo Airport for a basketball game in thousand oaks’ at Bryant’s Mamba Academy. He was with his 13-years-old daughter, Gigi, seven family friends, and a daughter. The news of his death was shocking for people everywhere.
According to reports, the helicopter experienced fog and the pilot turned towards the mountains. The helicopter crashed the side of the mountain and it caught fire. Kobe Bryant died as a result of force blunt trauma.
He was buried with his daughter on the 7th of February at a private funeral in California. Days later, there was a public memorial at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant is a legendary basketball player that has achieved so many great things. Before his death, his daughter, Gianna Bryant was supposed to carry on his legacy but unfortunately, she died alongside her father. His time on earth would never be forgotten as he is an inspiration to many.