Kobe Bryant By A. S.
Childhood • Born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. • He was named after a Japanese steakhouse. • Son of former Philadelphia 76ers player & former Los Angeles Sparks head coach and Pamela Cox Bryant. • He started playing basketball when he was 3 years old,and his favorite team growing up was the Lakers.
Family • Bryant married 19-year-old Vanessa Lain in April 2001. • The Bryant’s first child, a daughter named Natalia Diamante Bryant, was born on January 19, 2003. • His second daughter, Gainna Maria-Onore Bryant, was born on May 1, 2006.
Basketball • At 6 years old he started playing basketball. • 17-year-old became the first person to jump from • high school to professional basketball. • He played for the Lakers. • The Lakers rolled to the NBA’s best record (67-15) and home-court advantage (which they now enjoyed at the new Staples Center in downtown LA) throughout the playoffs