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Kobe Bryant Profile

Kobe Bryant ProfilePosition: Shooting Guard
Born: 08/23/78
Height: 6-6 / 1,98
Weight: 220 lbs. / 99,8 kg.
High School: Lower Merion (more)
Selected out of high school by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft... Draft rights traded by the Hornets to the L.A. Lakers for Vlade Divac on 7/11/96... Kobe Bryant re-signed the Lakers. He accepted a 7-year contract worth 136.4 million on 7/15/ 2004.
Statistics Career
Points 25.0
Rebounds 5.2
Assists 4.7
Steals 1.4

NBA Titles:
2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010

Scoring Titles: 2 - 2006, 2007
Season MVP Award: 1 - 2008
Finals MVP Award: 2 - 2009, 2010
Lakers All-Time Scoring Leader

Kobe Bryant News and Highlights

Mar 27, 2012: Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the list of points scored by a player for one franchise. Kobe has scored 29,283 points for the Lakers while MJ had 29,277 for the Bulls. Now the only one that scored more points for his team that Kobe is Karl Maolone who got 36,374 points in 18 years with the Utah Jazz.

Feb 6, 2012: Kobe Bryant, scored 28 points against the 76ers and became the NBA's all-time fifth scoring leader with 28,601 career points, surpassing his former teammate Shaquille O'Neal.

Mar 8, 2011: Kobe Bryant scored 26 points to reach 27,423 and pass Moses Malone for 6th on the NBA's career scoring list. This 2010-11 season Kobe went from 12th to 6th on the list of NBA's top scorers, leaving behind John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone. Next on the list is Shaquille O'Neal with 28,590 points, safe at least for this season.

Feb 27, 2011: Kobe Bryant scored 17 points against the Thunder and moved past Elvin Hayes for 7th on the NBA's career scoring list.

Feb 20, 2011: Kobe Bryant had 37 points and 14 rebounds and was the MVP in the 2011 All-Star Game. Kobe has earned the ASG MVP an NBA-record four times (tied with Bob Pettit).

Jan 28, 2011: Kobe Bryant surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for eighth place on the NBA's career scoring list.

Jan 7, 2011: Kobe Bryant passed Oscar Robertson for 9th on the NBA's career scoring list.

Jan 4, 2011: Kobe is now one of the NBA's all-time top ten scorers. He scored 17 against the Pistons to pass Dominique Wilkins for 10th with 26,671 points..

Dec 10, 2010: Kobe Bryant climbed to 11th on the all-time NBA scoring list with 26,398 points.

Nov 9, 2010: Kobe Bryant became the youngest player (32 years, 80 days) in NBA history to reach 26,000 points, besting Wilt Chamberlain by 34 days.

Apr 2, 2010: Kobe Bryant signed a 3-year, $83.5 million contract extension to remain a Laker for the next 4 seasons, until the end of 2013-14.

Mar 24, 2010: Kobe had 24 points against the Spurs and passed Alex English for 12th in the NBA all-time scoring list with 25,636 points.

Feb 24, 2010: Kobe had 20 points against Dallas and passed Reggie Miller for 13th in the NBA all-time scoring list with 25,298 points.

Feb 1, 2010: With his 44 points at Memphis, Kobe Bryant reached the 25,208 mark, surpassing Jerry West's 25,192 and became the Lakers all-time scoring leader. He is also 14th in NBA history.

Nov 19, 2009: Kobe passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second on the Lakers' all-time scoring list after a free throw with 6:07 left in the third quarter against the Bulls. He has now 24,182 points trails only Jerry West who has 25,192

Nov 17, 2009: In a 106-93 victory over the Pistons, Kobe Bryant had his 100th game with al least 40 points, becoming only the third player to do it. This exclusive list also includes Michael Jordan with 173 40+ games and Wilt Chamberlain with an incredible total of 271.

Nov 6, 2009: By scoring 41 points against the Grizzlies Kobe Bryant became the youngest player to reach 24,000 points at 31 years, 75 days old, 38 days before Wilt Chamberlain and in the same night he surpassed Allen Iverson for 16th in the NBA all-time scoring list.

May 14, 2009: Kobe Bryant won the 2009 NBA Championship, the fourth of his career and the first one without Shaquille O'Neal. Kobe was selected Final MVP after leading his team and averaging 32.4 points, 7.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds in 5 games.

May 6, 2009: Kobe was selected for the 2008-09 NBA All-Defensive First Team. It is his 9th selection for an All-Defensive Team, the 6th for the First Team.


Feb 2, 2009: in the Lakers victory 126-117 against the Knicks, Kobe Bryant set an arena record by scoring 61 points at the Madison Square Garden. It was the 4th highest point total of his career.


May 12, 2008: Kobe was selected for the 2007-08 NBA All-Defensive First Team. It was his 8th selection for an All-Defensive Team, the 5th for the First Team.


May 9, 2008: Kobe was the only player unanimously voted 2007-08 for the All-NBA First Team, earning this way his 10th selection for an All-NBA Team, the 6th for the First Team.


May 6, 2008: Finally after 12 seasons in the NBA, Kobe Bryant won his long deserved MVP Award. In 2007-08 he took the Lakers to the first place in the strong Western Conference averaging 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists.


May 10, 2007: Kobe Bryant was selected for the 2006-07 All-NBA first team. It was his 9th selection for an All-NBA team, the 5th for the first team.


May 30, 2007: Kobe Bryant was selected for the 2006-07 NBA All-Defensive first team. It's his 7th time in an NBA All-Defensive team, and the 5th in the first team.


April 18, 2007: Kobe Bryant won his second consecutive scoring title with an average of 31.6 points per game. It's the 7th scoring title won by a Laker.


Kobe's 50+ point games of 2006-07
65 * Portland March 16, 2007

April 18, 2007: Kobe Bryant finished the 2006-07 season with 10 games of 50 or more points, becoming the second player to get that feat in NBA history. As usual, the player that leads the league in almost any point-related category, is the other with 10 or more such games: Will Chamberlain had an out-of this-world 45 50+ games in 1961-62 and 30 in 1962-63.

* Four of Kobe's 10 games were consecutive, again the only other player in NBA history with such a streak is Chamberlain with streaks of 7 and 5 games in 1961-62.

60 * Memphis March 22, 2007
58 Charlotte (3OT) Dec. 29, 2006
53 Houston (OT) March 30, 2007
53 Houston Dec. 15, 2006
52 Utah Nov. 30, 2006
50 * New Orleans March 23, 2007
50 * Minnesota March 18, 2007
50 Clippers April 12, 2007
50 Seattle April 15, 2007


January 26, 2007: At 28 years and 156 days, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 18,000 points. Wilt Chamberlain did so at 28 years and 166 days, followed by Michael Jordan at 28 years and 359 days

November 17, 2006: For those who still doubted the player with the number 24 was the same with the 8 last season, Kobe Bryant tied his own franchise record with 30 points in the third quarter. He had set the record for points in a quarter in his 62-point performance against Dallas on Dec. 20, 2005. This time he ended with 52 points on 19-for-29 shooting in 34 minutes, including 9-for9 from the field and 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the third quarter while the Lakers defeated Utah 132-130. It was Kobe's 12th career 50-point game.

November 17, 2006: Last time Kobe Bryant faced the Raptors he made history with his 81 points. This time it was "just" 31 in the Lakers victory 107-100, but with a 16-foot jumper in the second quarter, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 17,000 points, at 28 years and 86 days. He did 16 days faster than Wilt Chamberlain and 196 days faster than Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal were 29 when they reached that milestone...

July 16. 2006: Kobe Bryant underwent minor surgery and will be out at least 8 weeks. The arthroscopic procedure to clean out scar tissue and loose cartilage in the same knee that has given him problems, will allow him to be ready for training camp but not for the FIBA World Championships. Although he will not play he will travel with the USA Basketball team to exhibitions in China and South Korea as well as to Japan for the WC.

May 17, 2006: Kobe Bryant was selected for the 2006 All-NBA First Team. The other 4 are Shaquille O'Neal, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Lebron James. It is Kobe's fourth selection for the First Team.


May 12, 2006: Kobe Bryant was selected for the NBA 2006 All-Defensive first team for the 4th time in his career.

April 19, 2006: Kobe Bryant won his first scoring title with an average of 35.4 points. He became the 4th player in NBA history to average more than 35 and the 4th in Lakers history to lead the league in scoring.

Players with 35 or more points in one season. (minimum 70 games played):   Kobe Bryant is 4th Laker Player in 58 seasons to win a scoring title:
Pts Player Season   Player Season Points Record
50.4 Wilt Chamberlain 1961-62   Kobe Bryant 2005-06 35.4 45-37
44.8 Wilt Chamberlain 1962-63   Shaq. O'Neal 1999-00 29.6 67-15
38.4 Wilt Chamberlain 1960-61   Jerry West 1969-70 31.2 46-36
37.6 Wilt Chamberlain 1959-60   George Mikan 1949-50 27.4 51-17
37.1 Michael Jordan 1986-87   George Mikan 1950-51 28.4 44-24
36.9 Wilt Chamberlain 1963-64   George Mikan 1948-49 28.3 44-16
35.6 Rick Barry 1966-67          
35.4 Kobe Bryant 2005-06          
35.0 Michael Jordan 1987-88          


April 14, 2006: With his 50 points against Portland, Kobe reached 2,754 and broke the franchise record of 2,719 points in one season set by Elgin Baylor in 1962-63. (Kobe ended the season with a Lakers record of 2832 points)

March 3, 2006: Despite playing with a sinus infection, Kobe Bryant scored 42 points in the Lakers victory 106-94 over Golden State and became the youngest player to score 16,000 points. He did it being 27 years and 192 days old, four days younger than Wilt Chamberlain when he reached that mark in 1964.


February 27, 2006: Kobe Bryant will be the centerpiece of the new USA Basketball Team. Kobe and the other players that accepted the invitation, made a commitment until the 2008 Olympic Games.


February 19, 2006: Kobe Bryant had a very good performance in the 2006 All-Star Game. He ended with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and led all players with 8 assists while clearly trying to get Tracy McGrady the MVP. His last 4 points tied the game at 120 but T-Mac (36 points) missed the potential winning 3-pointer, Kobe couldn't control the rebound and the East won 122-120. Lebron James, who was the MVP with 29 points and 6 rebounds, led the East comeback from a 21-point deficit.


January 22, 2006: It was developing into an excellent scoring season for Kobe but it reached its peak against the Raptors at L.A. Kobe Bryant scored 81 points, the second-best in NBA history, trailing only the famous 100-point game of Wilt Chamberlain. In the same game kobe set a Laker record of 55 points in a half, and by missing a free throw he ended his streak of 62 consecutive free throws, also a franchise best. For most players, a 60-point performance is a one-in-a-career achievement but Kobe became one of 4 players in NBA history to score 60 or more points at least twice. Wilt Chamberlain did it an incredible 32 times, Michael Jordan 5 times, Elgin Baylor did it 4 times and Kobe 2 times.

January 9, 2006: The Lakers defeated the Pacers 96-90 and Kobe Bryant, with his 45 points, became the first NBA player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to score at least 45 points in four straight games (1/7 Clippers 50 points, 1/6 76ers 48 points and 12/28 Grizzlies 45 points). The only other player with such a streak was Elgin Baylor. Great scorers like Michael Jordan or Abdul-Jabbar never accomplished that feat.

December 21, 2006: Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 62 points in just 3 quarters and then sat to enjoy the rest of the game. At the end of the third quarter, where kobe scored a franchise-record and league 4th best 30 points, the Lakers were up by 34 and Kobe was defeating the Dallas Mavericks by himself 62-61.

With his 1819 points in the 2004-2005 Season, Kobe reached the career total of 14034 and moved from the 9th place to the 6th in the list of the Lakers historical leaders in points, surpassing Byron Scott, Gail Goodrich and... Shaquille O'Neal (13895)

April 20, 2005: With his 37 points against the Trail Blazers in the final game of the Lakers' season, Kobe Bryant became the 15th player to reach 14,000 points, and the youngest of them. He did it with 26 years and 240 days, while Michael Jordan reached 14,000 at 27 years, 68 days.

July 15, 2004: Kobe Bryant re-signed the Lakers. He accepted a 7-year contract worth 136.4 million.

Kobe Bryant picture Mar 28, 2003: In the game where everybody was expecting to be amazed by Michael Jordan one last time Kobe had other plans... He scored 55 points, the most in the NBA in that 2002-03 season until that moment, as the Lakers defeated the Wizards 108-94 at Staples Center. Kobe scored 42 in the first half, breaking the team record of 37 points in a half, set by Elgin Baylor against the New York Knicks 32 years before (Nov. 15, 1960). In that half Kobe made 8 three-pointers and 14 of 19 field-goal attempts. The 8 three-pointer tied a league record, set by Milwaukee's Tim Thomas two seasons before, and tied by teammates Michael Redd and Ray Allen in the 2001-02 season.

2/25/03: One of the greatest scoring streaks in NBA history came to an end... Kobe Bryant settled for 32 points, failing to reach 40 for the first time in 10 games and failing to reach 35 for the first time in 14 contests... With his remarkable streak of scoring -- at least 40 points in 9 straight games-- Bryant equaled the best such streak of Michael Jordan, who did so early in the 1986-87 season... The only player with longer streaks of 40 or more points is Wilt Chamberlain. The NBA's fourth-leading career scorer, Chamberlain accomplished the feat in 14 straight games twice in the 1961-62 season and in 10 straight the following season... Bryant also scored at least 35 points in 13 consecutive games. Again, Chamberlain is the only player ahead of him in that department, having accomplished that feat in 33, 23 and 20 straight games...

3/5/03: In the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 97-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers, Kobe Bryant reached 10,000 points for his career, making him the youngest player in NBA history to reach that plateau.

2/18/03: Kobe reached the 40-point mark for the sixth straight game and has at least 35 points in his last 10 - both franchise records.

1/24/03: For the first time in his career Kobe received the most votes in NBA All-Star Balloting that determines starters for the 2003 NBA All-Star Game at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Sunday, February 9. Bryant received 1,474,386 votes out of the more than 4.5 million ballots cast.

1/7/03: Kobe Bryant set two NBA records with his outside shooting: After missing his first attempt from the arc, Bryant made 9 straight to break the single-game record for consecutive 3-pointers. With 6:58 remaining, Bryant sank his 12th 3-pointer --in 18 attempts overall-- breaking the one-game mark for 3-pointers made. Kobe scored 45 points and the Lakers defeated the Seattle Supersonics 119-98.

In games Nov. 1 and Nov. 3, G Kobe Bryant became the first Laker player to accomplish back-to-back triple-doubles since Hall of Famer Magic Johnson did so in March 1991.

more Kobe Bryant Career Highlights

* A member of the 2002 Laker championship team averaging 26.6 ppg and 5.8 apg in the playoffs.

* Selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team and to the All-Defensive Second Team after averaging 25.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 5.5 apg

* 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

* Ranked 12th in the NBA in points per game (22.5) and 16th in the NBA in minutes per game (38.2)

* Selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive First Team and named to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Interview Second Team

* Netted 15 points as a starter in the 2000 NBA All-Star Game

* 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)

* Scored 33 of his career-high 38 points (15-24 FG) in the 2nd half, adding 4 assists and 3 rebounds, in a 113-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on 3/21/99

* Totaled 17 points and 4 rebounds, in his only start of the 1997-98 season, against the Portland Trail Blazers on 2/10/98

* 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

* Teamed with Lisa Leslie of the WNBA's L.A. Sparks in the inaugural Nestle Crunch All-Star 2ball during All-Star Saturday

* Scored a career-high 33 points, hitting 3-of-5 three-pointers, and grabbed 3 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls on 12/17/97

* 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 first career start, scoring 12 points, against the Dallas Mavericks on 1/28/97

* 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.

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