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Kobe Bryant, Usa
Accomplishments: Three-time NBA
Champion, Scored 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006 (second All-Time in
NBA History)... 2004-05 All-NBA Third Team after averaging 27.6 ppg, 6.0 apg.
Selected to the 2003-04 All-NBA First Team after averaging 24.0 ppg, 2002-03
All-NBA First Team after averaging 30.0 ppg (second in NBA), 6.9 rpg, 5.9 apg,
2001-2002 All-NBA First Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg...
NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999, 2003, 2004), All-Defensive Second Team
(2001)... Became youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points, 3/5/03
* A member of the 2006 Interbasket All-World First Team along with Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Yao Ming, and Pau Gasol.
* A member of the 2002 Laker championship team averaging 26.6 ppg and 5.8 apg and in four games in the NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets
* Was named MVP of the 2002 All-Star Game after tallying 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
* Western Conference starter in his fourth straight All-Star Game
* A member of the 2001 Laker championship team averaging 24.6 ppg and 5.8 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers.
* A member of the 2000 Laker championship team averaging 15.6 ppg and 4.6 apg in five games in the NBA Finals against the Indiana Pacers
* Selected to the 1999-2000 All-NBA Second Team
* Named the NBA Player of the Week for the week ending 4/16/00, averaging 29.7 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 reboundss
* Named to the 1998-99 All-NBA Third Team after leading the Lakers in steals (1.44 spg) and ranking 2nd on the team in scoring (19.9 ppg, 15th in the NBA) and free-throw percentage (.839, 20th)
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
* Named to the 1996-97 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 7.6 ppg and 15.5 mpg in 71 games
* 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 rebounds
* 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 11/3/96
* Selected by USA Today and Parade Magazine as the National High School Player of the Year as a senior at Lower Merion H.S.
Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Nickname: KB8, Black Mamba
Born: August 23, 1978
Origin: Philadelphia, PA, Usa
Schools: Lower Merion High School
Drafted: 1996, First Round, 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets
Languages: English, Italian
Website: InterBasket & KobeBryant8.net
Teams (jersey): Lower Merion HS (33), Los Angeles Lakers (8, 24), Buy Kobe Bryant's Adidas jersey: Buy Purple or Buy Gold
Ibn Notes: A huge talent, a three-time NBA champion, NBA all-star, NBA superstar, all-NBA, All-defense, the second coming of Michael Jordan, Scoring leader, Leader, Olympian, Slam Dunk Champion, clutch, spectacular, intelligent, electrifying... or... ball hog, egocentric, selfish, fake, calculating, adulterer, uncoachable, arrogant, clown, rapist, imitator, snitch, punk... with Kobe Bryant, you either love him or hate him; there is rare middle-ground talking about the man that once scored 81 points in one game, but one thing that no one can deny is that Kobe has talent and skill. Another is that there isn't anyone in the league with more confidence in Kobe than Kobe himself. The 81-point outburst against the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006 best displays the polarizing effect KB8 has on basketball fans... on one hand, the man just scored 81 points, whether in high-school, a recreational league, or on the playground, that is a phenomenal amount of points and it speaks volumes of the type of talent it takes to reach. An amazing once-in-a-era feat... then again, for as much praise and awe that Kobe received, he was equally vilified. The naysayers lambasted him for his selfishness, dismissed it, and used it as further evidence of his shot-happy nature. Kobe has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the basket, and unfortunately for Kobe, he has an equally uncanny ability of creating as many haters as he does fans. Kobe Bryant will go down as being one of the most loved and most hated players in NBA history.
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