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Kobe Bryant was born on 23 August, 1978, in Pennsylvania, U.S. His real name was Kobe Bean Bryant.
His parents named him "Kobe" after a type of famous Japanese Kobe beef.
His father, "Joe Bryant," was also a former NBA player who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, & Houston Rockets.
Kobe started playing basketball at the age of three & his father retired from the NBA when he was six.
Bryant was 17 years old when the Lakers drafted him as a shooting guard straight out of high school. At that time, he signed a $3.5 million contract.
On 3 Nov, 1996, at the age of 18, Kobe played his first professional basketball game. In which he played just for 6 minutes and didn't score.
Kobe Bryant nicknamed himself "Black Mamba" in the mid-2000s. Which quickly became popular among his fans.
Kobe Bryant dedicated his entire 20 years of basketball career playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA.
He was the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2018 and a two-time NBA Finals MVP.
In his career, Kobe won 5 NBA championships & was selected to the All-Star team 18 times, & a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team.
Kobe also won an Academy Award in 2018 for the film Dear Basketball (2017) under the category of Best Animated Short Film.
Kobe Bryant was also named one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans in 2012.
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