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Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.

Personal information

Date of birth

August 23, 1978 (1978-08-23) (age 32)

Place of birth

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



High school

Lower Merion HS, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Listed height

6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

Listed weight

205 lb (93 kg)

Career information

NBA Draft

1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13

Selected by the Charlotte Hornets

Pro career


Career history

Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present)

Career highlights and awards

5× NBA Champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)

2× NBA Finals MVP (2009–2010)

NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)

12× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2010)

2× NBA scoring champion (2006–2007)

8× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2010)


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