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Kobe Bean Bryant was born in , 1976,

Bryant is the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe Jellybean bryant. His parents named him after the Famous Beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu.

] Bryant and then-teammate Shaquille O’neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Championship from 2000 to 2002. Since O’Neal’s departure following the 2003-04 Season, Bryant has become the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise, and was the NBA’s leading scorer during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In 2006, Bryant scored a career high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second highest number of points scored in NBA history.

In 2006, Bryant scored a career high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the second highest number of points scored in NBA history.

(1978-08-23)

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