Kobe “Bean” Bryant, was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kobe’s father, Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant, was a professional basketball player who played eight seasons in the NBA (National Basketball Association). Following his legacy, Kobe played basketball as a high schooler at Lower Merion High School. At the age of 18, Kobe started playing for the L.A. Lakers, where he became the second youngest NBA player in history. By proving his excellent skills in the Lakers team, he was able to move on to the NBA All-Star game by his second season.
Kobe was forced to share a role with his teammate Shaquille O’Neal, also known for his tremendous skill. They started off having an uneasy bond with each other; however, they successfully began to cooperate and became a great combination. In the 2001-02 season, the Lakers had already won three consecutive NBA championships. At that time, Kobe was only 23. In 2002, the Lakers team won their 3rd title, yet experienced some difficulties when they lost in the playoffs of 2003.
In 2008, Bryant had received the title of MVP (Most Valuable Player) in the NBA Finals. He was named the MVP once more when he led his team to a victory against the Boston Celtics. Kobe Bryant continued his career without stopping. However, things took an emotional turn on January 26, 2020, when Kobe and his 13 year old daughter died tragically in a helicopter crash.