10 quotes from Kobe Bryant on his birthday
Kobe Bryant never played college basketball â€“ his skill level was so high that he was drafted right out of high school (Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia) to play with the NBAâ€™s Los Angeles Lakers. He is the first guard to ever make the leap directly to the pros. The son of former Philadelphia 76er forward Joe â€śJellybeanâ€ť Bryant, Kobe has played basketball since age 3. His name was inspired by a menu item, famous kobe beef, which is considered a delicacy in Japan. During 16 years in the Lakersâ€™ purple and gold, he has led the team to five NBA titles, was the leagueâ€™s Most Valuable Player during the 2007-08 season, and has won two scoring titles. The first came in 2006 when he averaged 35.4 points and once scored 81 points in game, the second most ever after Wilt Chamberlainâ€™s 100-point game.
1. His own man
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