Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant: Bio, Net Worth and Endorsements

Kobe Bryant was a former NBA player. Born on the 23rd of August, 1978 he entered the NBA straight from high school. He had a spectacular high school career and became the first freshman in decades to start for the Lower Merion High Varsity team. His outstanding performances over the high school years saw him selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick. Afterward, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

He spent 20 seasons at the team and is recognized as one of the all-time greats. He is fourth on the list of all-time points scored in the league with 33,643 points. Bryant gave himself the name “Black Mamba” in the mid-2000s. It stemmed from his ability to score with precision. In his long career, Bryant initially played with No. 8 jersey and later changed to 24- both of which are retired by the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant is set to receive a posthumous induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2020.

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 Major achievements 

  • 5× NBA champion (2000–2002, 2009, 2010)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (2008)
  • 18× NBA All-Star (1998, 2000–2016)
  • 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 11× All-NBA First Team (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
  • 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2000, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (2006, 2007)
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1997)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1997)
  • Nos. 8 & 24 retired by Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant stats

Games 1346
Points 33,643 (25.0 ppg)
Rebounds 7,047 (5.2 rpg)
Assists 6,306 (4.7 apg)

 

Kobe Bryant’s net worth & endorsements

Before making his debut, Kobe Bryant signed a whopping $48 million contract with Adidas for 6 years. In the year 2007, CNN estimated Bryant’s endorsement deals to be worth $16 million annually. In 2013 Forbes named him the 5th highest paid sports star in the world. At the time of his death, Forbes estimated his net worth to be nearly $770 million.

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Kobe Bryant foundation and charity

The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF) was founded to help the homeless. The foundation also aims in assisting young people in need. Bryant has made many notable contributions to various charities.  He was the official ambassador of the After-School All-Stars (ASAS), an American non-profit organization that provides after-school programs to children in US.

In 2009, Bryant started the Kobe Bryant China Fund which partnered with the Soong Ching Ling Foundation, a charity backed by the Chinese government. The Fund works towards raising money within China for education and health programs.

Kobe Bryant Oscar

Bryant was a part of an animated short film, Dear Basketball, which won an Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film. Based on a letter Bryant wrote for the Players Tribune in 2015, it was written and narrated Bryant.

Kobe Bryant books

Bryant’s book The Mamba Mentality: How I Play released in October 2018. With photos and his feelings, it looks back at his illustrious career. He has co-written several novels which include The Wizenard Series: Training Camp, Legacy and the Queen, and The Tree of Ecrof. He was working on a children’s book with a Brazilian author at the time of his death. The co-author did not release the book and deleted the draft after Kobe’s death.

Kobe Bryant death

On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. The crash resulted in the death of eight others which included his daughter Gianna Bryant. Later, there was a memorial service for  Bryant held at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

Kobe Bryant on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kobebryant/?hl=en

Kobe Bryant on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kobebryant?lang=en

Born August 23, 178
Died January 26, 2020 (Aged 41)
Marital Status Married
Spouse Vanessa Bryant
Kids Gianna Maria-Onroe, Bianka Bella, Natalia Diamante, Capri
Rings 5
Height  6′ 6″ (1.98 m)
Weight  96 kg
Wingspan 2.1 m
Shoe size 14
Endorsements Adidas, Nike, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Nintendo

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