Kobe Bryant: Basketball career history

The basketball world lost an admired ambassador of the game following the death of NBA icon Kobe Bryant due to a helicopter crash. 

Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, were among the 9 people killed as their helicopter crashed in foggy conditions in the Los Angeles suburb of Calabasas.

Here are some facts about the late NBA great:

  • Name: Kobe Bean Bryant
  • Former Team: Los Angeles Lakers (1996-2016)
  • Position: Guard
  • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Born: August 23, 1978
  • Died January 26, 2020
  • Height: 6-foot-6
  • Weight: 96 kg
Personal life
  • Bryant was the son of Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, who played 8 seasons in the NBA
  • Bryant spent 8 years of his childhood with his family in Italy
  • Bryant married Vanessa Laine on April 18, 2001.
  • His daughter Natalia was born in January, 2003; daughter Gianna was born May, 2006; daughter Bianka was born December, 2016; and daughter Capri was born June, 2019
Career highlights
  • Bryant won 5 NBA championships – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
  • Named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in leading Lakers to titles in 2009 and 2010
  • Earned Olympic gold medals with USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics
  • Named NBA regular-season MVP in 2007-08 season and a record-tying four-time NBA All-Star Game MVP – 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011
  • On January 22, 2006, he scored a career-high 81 points in Lakers' 122-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors, second-most points in a game in NBA history
  • In 2018, his movie "Dear Basketball" won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
  • Selected with 13th overall choice by Charlotte Hornets in 1996 NBA draft, becoming the 27th player to join NBA straight from high school.
  • Acquired by Lakers shortly after draft
  • Named an NBA All-Star 18 times – 1998 and 2000-2016
  • Two-time NBA scoring champion – 2006 and 2007
  • 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner 
  • Had both his jersey numbers, 8 and 24, retired by the Lakers, an unprecedented move
  • Scored 33,643 points, grabbed 7,047 rebounds, and passed off 6,306 assists over 1,346 career NBA games
  • Scored a season-high 60 points in his last NBA game on April 13, 2016 in a 101-96 Lakers' victory over the Utah Jazz, becoming the oldest player in NBA history to score 60 points at 37 years and 234 days
Injuries that affected Bryant during his career
  • Broken metacarpal bone in right hand, 1999-00 season
  • Right index finger laceration, sprained right shoulder, 2003-04
  • Severely sprained right ankle, 2004-05
  • Index finger avulsion fracture, right knee swelling, sprained left ankle, 2009-10
  • Torn left Achilles tendon requiring surgery, 2012-13
  • Broken bone in left knee, 2013-14
  • Torn right shoulder rotator cuff, 2015

– Rappler.com