Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the
Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S.
Made his NBA debut at the age of 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old, became the
youngest player ever to appear in an NBA game, against the Minnesota Timberwolves on
Made his first career start, scoring 12 points, against the Dallas Mavericks on 1/28/97
Became the youngest All-Star in NBA history, posting a team-high 18 points and 6
rebounds, in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in New York
Won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk during the 1997 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland
and participated in the Schick Rookie Game, posting a rookie game-record 31 points and 8
Was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5
Made an NBA-record 12 shots from 3-point range, including 9 straight
His 9 straight 3-pointers is also an NBA single-game record
Three NBA championship titles with LA Lakers
Points 56 vs. Memphis 1/14/02 Field Goals Made 21 vs. Memphis 1/14/02 Field Goals Attempted 47 @ Boston 11/07/02 Three Point Field Goals Made 12 vs. Seattle 1/07/03 Three Point Field Goals Attempted 18 vs. Seattle 1/07/03 Free Throws Made 23 @ Cleveland 1/30/01 Free Throws Attempted 26 @ Cleveland1/30/01 Offensive Rebounds 8 @ Dallas 4/18/00 Defensive Rebounds 10 - 4 Times Total Rebounds 15 - 2 Times Assists 14 - 2 Times Steals 6 - 3 Times Blocks 5 - 3 Times Minutes Played 54 vs. Houston 2/18/03 Career Highlights
2002-03 Statistics PPG 29.7 RPG 6.90 APG 5.9 EFF +27.68 What others said about Kobe… "Kobe is really a gifted young player,“ said GM of Charllote Hornets Jerry West about Bryant, who was 17 at the time. “ Kobe plays the best basketball I’ve ever seen,” said Utah’s playmaker Mark Jackson. “ Kobe is a complete player and nobody can stop him now,” said his collegue from Lakers Rick Fox. “ Kobe plays fantastic this season. He is the only candidate for MVP title. He made all the records… He sometimes inspires me, too.” said Shaq. “ In normal situations I don’t approve so much shootin’ from hard positions, but Kobe shot as good as possible so it would be complete madness to stop him from shooting,” says Tex Wintrer, Kobe’s coach assistant.
What Kobe said about the others… -about MJ- “ After Magic, Barkley, Wilkins went, Jordan was the only one left from that brilliant generation. He’s everybody’s idol, not only mine. I’m delighted because I was at the All-Star Game with him. That was his last All-Star game. He’s retiring. That game was something special, for remembering. I respect him very much.” -about Peja Stojakovic- “ Peja is fantastic player, I like the way he plays. He has great shoot, he is a good assistant and rebounder. Complete player. He’s my favourite European player.” -about Shaq- “ Shaq is my buddy and I know that he wants me to be MVP, but that’s important title so I have to go through it by myself. I need him for winning the fourth championship. And fifth, sixth…”
Bryant made over 10000 points in his career and is the youngest player who overcame that
number of points
Two times this season he made over 50 points in one game
He is waiting the day when he will be able to play for the US National Team
Since his daughter’s birth he is different man, he says.
Just after he came to NBA, Charlotte traded Bryant’s signing rights to the LA Lakers for
Yugoslavian center Vlade Divac
Kobe’s shoes Kobe wore Adidas shoes and he had a contract with this company which payed him a few million dollars to wear their equipment. He is now promoting some of the Reebok and Nike stuff. When Bryant signs his new deal (with Nike or Reebok), he will have to pay close to $8 million to Adidas for leaving the company seven months ago after a six-year relationship.