Kobe Bryant is already retired in NBA but that doesn’t stop his fans and followers from admiring him. In fact, according to ESPN’s World Fame 100 rankings, he is the 3rd most popular among all NBA players and the 11th of all the athletes in the world. That’s a solid proof that he is really one of the notable athletes today. The absolutely reason for this was his great performance during his whole 20-year career. Being an NBA regular season MVP once and the NBA Finals MVP twice, there are no doubts that he was among the legendary players who ever played the game.

If you want to know more about Kobe Bryant, then you should read all the interesting facts about him below.

  1. His full name is Kobe Bean Bryant.kobe-bryant
  2. He was born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  3. Kobe’s parents are Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant.
  4. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 as their 13th overall pick,but got traded immediately to the Los Angeles Laker so Kobe played his whole NBA career in a Lakers uniform.
  5. He was named after a famous Japanese steak that Kobe’s parents were eating at a Japanese steakhouse in Philadelphia.
  6. Kobe Bryant also played soccer when he was growing up.
  7. Bryant’s date during his senior prom was Brandy, the very popular singer.
  8. He lived in Italy for eight years during his childhood. This was because his father decided to play in Italy so the whole family transferred also. This was the reason also why he is so fluent with the Italian language.
  9. Kobe is the first guard who went straight to the NBA from high school. The reason for this was his great performance during his high school days playing in Merion High School that made him so popular.
  10. When he won the 1997 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, he became the youngest player to have ever won this award at the age of 19.
  11. Bryant still holds the record for the most consecutive all-star selections in the NBA. He was an NBA All-Star for 18 consecutive years.
  12. He was selected in the NBA First-team for 9 times. A record setter that only a few great players like Michael Jordan, Gary Payton and Kevin Garnett attained.
  13. Kobe retired as the all-time highest scoring Laker and he was also the 3rd all-time scorer in NBA history.
  14. Bryant’s favorite player growing up was Mike D’Antoni, his previous coach in Los Angeles Lakers.
  15. He devoted more than half of his life in the NBA.
  16. Kobe has been the longest playing guard ever who played 20 seasons in the NBA.
  17. Kobe Bryant was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Teams 12 times.
  18. He was the first player to record 30,000 points and 6,000 assists in the NBA.
  19. Kobe was a 5-time NBA Champion, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.
  20. He was also a 2-time Finals MVP. It was in 2009 and 2010.