Life of Kobe Bryant aka ‘Black Mamba’

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The life of Kobe Bryant aka ‘Black Mamba’

 

“Kobe was the greatest player ever and died at the age of 41”

Early Life of the legend

On 23rd August, in Philadelphia, at the house of former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant, a boy opened his eyes. The future legend, Kobe Bean Bryant was born. He was the youngest among all his siblings. Getting the inspiration from his family, he began playing football at the age of 3. He did his schooling at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high-school basketball player in the country. After Bryant dominated at Lower Merion High School, he took this decision:

“I have decided to skip college and take my talent to NBA”

Bryant entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) directly from high school. In 1996, at the age of 18, he became the youngest player in NBA history. His age was no problem in his rookie season. He won the NBA dunk contest as a teenager. In 1998, he became the youngest All-Star in NBA history, even playing against his childhood idol.

“Michael is a great player, one of the best players of all time. What better way to learn the game than going at him?” Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant’s Professional Career

He was then traded to Lakers. In the spring of 2000, what was his fourth NBA season, Bryant won his first championship with the Lakers.

“We are looking forward to coming back next year and defending our throne, absolutely”.

The Lakers won the championship again in 2001. And again in 2002. He won three straight consecutive championships.

When O’Neil left the Lakers. Bryant’s athletic career entered its next phase. He became a relentless scorer, famously dropping 81 points in the game. It was the second-most points scored in a single game ever. He went onto win his only NBA MVP Award in 2008.

Awards and Achievements

During his lifetime, Kobe won numerous awards and recognition due to his remarkable performance in the field. Some of them are:

  • Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year (1996)
  • NBA All-Rookie team (1997)
  • BET Award for Sportsman of the Year (2002. 2003, 2008)
  • NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award (2009, 2010)
  • Best NBA Player ESPY Award (2008, 2010)
  • ESPY Icon Award (2016)
  • 2 Olympic Gold Medals

Personal Life

Kobe Bryant was the youngest amongst his siblings and he was the only son of his parents. He married Vanessa Laine, a background dancer on the music video “G’d Up” in April 2001. His parents weren’t happy with the marriage due to the fact that the girl was not African- American. The family reconciled after the birth of Bryant’s first daughter in January 2003.  Bryant had a total of 4 daughters. On January 11, 2013, Bryant and his wife both announced that they had called off their divorce due to reconcilable differences.

Kobe Bryant Controversy

Kobe had his time in the spotlight for controversial reasons too. He was accused of rape what Bryant described as consensual sex. However, the case never went to trial as the alleged victim refused to testify. A settlement was reached in civil court.

Retirement

Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in 2013, ending his season, and altering his basketball career forever. He also wrote a poem after two years “Dear Basketball”, announcing his retirement.

 

This season is all I have to give

My heart can take the pounding

My mind can handle the grind

But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye

 

Then in his final Lakers basketball game ever, he said goodbye in his unique Kobe Bryant fashion. At 37 years old, Kobe became the oldest player in NBA history to score 60 points in one game.

The 18 times All-Star closed his incredible NBA career with two final MVPs and 2008 NBA MVP. He played in NBA for a total of 20 seasons and all with his beloved Los Angeles Lakers.

“Mamba Out”

Dear Basketball

After his retirement, Bryant proved that his mamba mentality will always continue outside the court. He made a short animated film with the name “Dear Basketball”. His short film won an academy award in 2018.

Death: A Great Loss

On January 26, 2020, Bryant was traveling to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Academy, with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, six family friends and the pilot. Suddenly the place faced some unknown issues and crashed into the side of a mountain in Calabasas and we lost a basketball legend. According to the reports the plane was struggling before it crashed. The actual reason for the plane crash is still unknown.

 

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