As of 2014, Kobe Bryant had five basketball championship rings. These rings were achieved in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.Know More
Kobe Bryant plays basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. He has remained on the same team for the entirety of his basketball career. Unlike many other basketball players, Kobe Bryant began to play for the NBA as soon as he was out of high school. He signed with the Lakers and, as of 2014, he has been with them since. Along with winning five national championships, Bryant has been an NBA All-Star player 16 times.
Bryant was raised in a family that was focused around basketball. His father was both a player and a coach of NBA teams. Bryant began playing basketball when he was around 3 years old. His father retired from the NBA and moved Bryant's family to Italy. Bryant learned to speak Italian and Spanish and became immersed in the Italian basketball culture, but he would always return to the United States during the summers to play for a summer basketball league. Bryant returned to the U.S. indefinitely in 1991 and began playing basketball with the NBA in 1996 after graduating high school.Learn more about Athletes
As of March 2014, Tim Duncan has won four NBA Championship rings. Duncan led the San Antonio Spurs to titles in the 1998-99, 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons.Full Answer >
Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa live in Newport Coast, California, as of 2013. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bryant moved to California in 1996 to play for the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Kobe Bryant has been a player in the NBA for 18 years. In 1996, he was drafted directly out of Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. The 2014-15 season will be the 19th year for the shooting guard.Full Answer >
Kobe Bryant gave himself the nickname "Black Mamba" after he watched the "Kill Bill" movies and saw an assassin given the same nickname. Bryant liked the name because the black mamba snake is aggressive and agile, and this is how Bryant wanted to play in his games.Full Answer >