KOBE BRYANT – Before They Were Famous

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Before KOBE BRYANT was The Black Mamba
Before he was number 24 on the court and number 1 in our hearts
Before he was an 18-time All-Star, which ranks second behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19.
Before Kobe Bryant was accused of a huge sex scandal that briefly tarnished his reputation off the court
Before He retired in 2016 after 20 seasons playing only with the Los Angeles Lakers the entire length of his career.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant started playing basketball at the tender age of three years old. Through his triumphs and tribulations he has been compared to his idols and holds incredible merit in the basketball community, nicknamed The Black Mamba, after 20 years playing ball, the NBA has seen it’s final days on Bryant dominating the court, but there is so much more than meets the eye in his story.
Kobe Bryant was called “one of the greatest players in the history of our game” by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and The New York Times wrote that he has had “one of the most decorated careers in the history of the sport.” Reuters called him “arguably the best player of his generation”,while both Sporting News and TNT named him their NBA player of the decade for the 2000s. He would also earn negative media exposure with an incident involving a young girl in 2003 that would hurt his reputation irreparably.

My name is Amber Smith filling in for Michael McCrudden documenting the life of Kobe Bryant prior to fame, here for you on Before They Were Famous.

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Kobe Bean Bryant was born August 23, 1978. The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, and mom Pamela He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the youngest of three children and the only boy to sisters Shaya and Sharia. He is also the maternal nephew of basketball player John “Chubby” Cox. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu. His middle name, Bean, is derived from his father’s nickname “Jellybean.”

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