Kobe Bryant: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation : Baskettor
  • Real name: Kobe Bean Bryant
  • Sign: Virgo
  • Date of birth: Wednesday, August 23, 1978 (age: 41 years old)
  • Date of Death: Sunday, January 26, 2020
  • Country: United States

Considered one of the best players in the NBA, Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia on August 23, 1978. This star of American basketball was predestined for such a career, since his father was none other than basketball player Joe Bryant.

Kobe took his first steps on the courts in high school, where he was soon noticed by headhunters. In 1996, he participated in the Draft – the selection of future professional players – where he was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets. Soon the team decided to exchange him with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were very interested in Kobe’s talent. At only 17 years old, he became one of the youngest players in the NBA and one of the few to go straight from high school to the professional level.

With the Lakers, Kobe quickly became one of the superstars of American basketball. He had a string of great seasons on the courts to the point where his partner, Shaquille O’Neal, even described him as the best player in the world. The mid-2000s was a very difficult time for him. On the field, the Lakers were having a tough time and behind-the-scenes tensions were rising between Shaquille and Kobe. After those tough years, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came back on top, winning no less than 6 NBA finals. In 2016, he announced his retirement.

On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident. The accident also claimed eight other victims, including the basketball player’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

On the private side, Kobe Bryant has been married to Vanessa Laine since April 18, 2001. The couple has four children; Natalia (born in January 2003), Gianna (born in May 2006), Bianka (born in December 2016) and Capri (born in June 2019).