KOH-bee was an American professional basketball player (August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020). As a shooting guard, Bryant went directly from high school into the National Basketball Association ( NBA) and played his entire career in the Los Angeles Lakers league in 20 seasons. Bryant received various honors, including 5 NBA championships, 18 times All-Star, 15 times All-NBA team member, 12 times All-Defensive Team member, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). They generally regarded him was generally to be one of the best players ever, he ranks fourth on the all-time, regular-season scoring and all-time after-season scoring list of the NBA on two seasons.
Bryant had been the son of Joe Bryant, former NBA player. In Pennsylvania, he attended the Lower Merion High School and was known as the country’s best high school basketball player. Once he finished his studies he announced the NBA draft for 1996 and was picked to be the 13th overall selection by Charlotte Hornets; then the Hornets retook him to the Lakers. In 1997 he won the Slam Dunk Contest and was named the All-Star in the second season as a winner. Bryant earns a reputation as a high flier and a favorite fan. The two lead the Lakers to win three consecutive NBA championships between 2000 and 2002 despite the feud with teammate Shaquille O’Neal.
A 19-year-old hotel clerk accused Bryant, in 2003, of sexual assault. The accuser declined to certificate and the accuser filed criminal charges after a civil lawsuit had since been settled. Bryant denied the accusation of assault, but admitted to a sexual meeting and apologized publicly. Bryant is the all-time leading franchise historian in Lakers. He was also the first guard to play for at least 20 seasons in NBA history. His 18 All-Star designations are the second most time ever, although it is the most consecutive streak for a starting spot. For most of NBA history, Bryant ‘s four All-Star MVP Awards are tied to Bob Pettit. The epithet was commonly accepted by the general public in the mid-2000s as “Black Mamba.” He won two gold medals with the U.S. National Team during the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Summer Olympics. In 2018 he was awarded the 2017 Dear Basketball Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Before the 1996 draft NBA, Bryant had been working in Los Angeles, where he wrestled against Larry Drew and Michael Cooper, former Lakers, and “was marching against these people,” according to Jerry West, the then Laker’s Manager. The Lakers agreed to exchange a players’ draft rights to free salary cash to make a bid to the Shaquille O’Neal Free Agent Centre. The then chief scout of the osal their 13th pick had to be handed over to the Lakers. The Hornets did not consider Bryant’s drafting before the trade agreement. During the draft, the Lakers told the Hornets that Bryant had to choose minutes before the selection had been made. After the draft, the company was threatened as Divac menaced to withdraw from Los Angeles and not be traded. Divac relented however on June 30 and finalized the trade with the suspension of the league off-season on July 9, 1996.
Blunt force trauma caused by a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California resulted in the death of Bryant, together with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other dying at age 41.