- Birthday23rd Aug, 78
- Birth PlaceUnited States
- Marital statusMarried
Kobe Bryant is the most prolific and recognizable icon that basketball has produced next to Michael Jordan. And yes, he is right up there in terms of dollars too. His three year $83.5 million extension with Los Angeles Lakers in April 2010 will keep him the highest-paid player in the NBA for a long time. He is a true winner who can turn the tables at the most crucial moments, when the chips are down and out. Success came to him early when he became the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors. Only the second player in NBA history (after Michael Jordan) to have a purse with a $30 million paycheck, Bryant has led the Lakers to five title since 2000. He holds multitude of records, which include most numbers of MVP title. An Olympic Gold champion, Bryant is no less known for his impeccable fashion sense then his elegant display of athleticism on court. His good looks and style have landed him spot in many fashion shoots. In addition to these he has also produced his signature line of shoes for mammoths like Adidas and Nike. Bryant also endorses Nubeo’s Black Mamba collection of luxury watches which cost anything between $25,000 and $285,000. Everyone loves a winner and that’s the reason Bryant's jersey No. 24 is the NBA's top seller in the U.S., China and Europe. Bryant continues to be the NBA's biggest star in China where he has a popular web site and recently signed on as pitchman for Mercedes-Benz's local Smart Car brand. Despite all the female attention he has, Kobe Bryant leads a blissful life with his better half Vanessa Laine.
- Life is too short to sit around and hold grudges; it doesn't make any sense to do it.
- Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
- I dont want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
- I'm chasing perfection.
- These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
- My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.
- I was just letting the shots fly. You know, I don't leave any bullets in the chamber.
- I'm not changing my game whatsoever.
- It's my job to pick us up when we are down. I had to sharpen my focus.
Did you know?
- Kobe Bryant started playing basketball at the age of 3 and his favorite team is AC Milan.
- He is a big fan of Frank Rijkaard and Ronaldinho.
- Kobe spent 7 years of his childhood in Italy.
- He is the youngest NBA player to score 10,000 career points.
- Kobe's wife Vanessa is Mexican-American.
- He became the Adidas ABCD Camp Senior MVP in 1995.
- Kobe is 6'7" tall and weighs 220 lbs.
- He was also selected to the All Defensive First Team and All Defensive Second Team.
- Kobe Bryant logged 9 double-doubles in 1999.
- His all-time favorite movie is "Star Wars".
- He has won the Teens Choice Award for favorite athlete.
- In 2003 Kobe was accused of rape, and later case was dropped by the accused person.
- In 2006, Kobe played in his 700th game.
- In 2007 Kobe was ranked at #23 in Forbes magazine.
- Became the youngest player to score 27,000 points in 2011.
- Bryant got his unique name because shortly before his birth his parents saw a restaurant menu advertising Kobe steak, the Japanese beef that is among the most expensive in the world.
Family & relationships
Newport Coast house
Kobe Bryant bought a home in the exclusive Newport Coast neighborhood for more than $4 million.Bryant, 23 co-captain and guard on the two-time defending champion Lakers, bought the Mediterranean-style house in a cul-de-sac from sports agent Dwight Manley.
Kobe Bryant is a good swimmer and he really likes swimming
SoccerKobe Bryant is a major soccer fan, and love to play soccer in meanwhile time.
Cadillac EscaladeThe Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle sold by the General Motors luxury brand, Cadillac. The standard Escalade is built in Arlington, Texas. The name Escalade refers to a siege warfare tactic of scaling defensive walls or ramparts with the aid of ladders or siege towers.
The Range Rover is a large luxury four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle (SUV) produced by British car maker Land Rover. It is available with either a three-door or five-door hatchback body, front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and with a 2-litre turbocharged petrol engine or one of two different power output 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engines.
Ferrari 360 Modena
Kobe Bryant is the most recognizable icon that basketball has produced next to Michael Jordan. Everything he owns is just luxurious his homes, collectibles and cars. He owns one of the most luxurious cars the Ferrari 360. His car offers a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds, a top speed of 183 mph, and yet has an insurance group of 20. Its 3586cc V8 32 valve engine delivers a healthy 400 bhp.
Ferrari 360 Modena
Kobe Bryant owns a yellow Lamborghini Murcielago which is as sporty as the star himself. The sports Car produced by Italian automaker Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. and designed by Luc Donckerwolke. Murciélago is a two-door, two-seat coupé car and was gifted to the to the players wife. This is the only car in the world which is converted automatic Murciélago as she could not drive a manual transmission. The estimated cost of the car after conversion and customization was $400,000.
Kobe's Lamborghini Murcielago
Bentley ContInental GTIt is a re-bodied Volkswagen Phaeton, it is equipped with a 5,998 cubic centimeters (366.0 cu in) (6.0 liter) twin-turbocharged W12 engine, which produces a DIN-rated motive power output of 560 metric horsepower (412 kW; 552 bhp) at 6,100 rpm, and torque of 650 newton metres (479 ft·lbf) at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is standard.It will accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (0 to 62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour (197.6 mph).
Chevrolet Impala convertibleIt is a 2-door convertible body type, RWD (rear-wheel drive) and manual 3-speed gearbox. Its special characteristics include petrol (gasoline) engine of 3768 cm3 / 230 cui displacement with advertised power 104.5 kW / 140 hp / 142 PS ( SAE gross ) / 4400 and 298 Nm / 220 lb-ft / 1600 of torque.
Ferrari 458 Italia
Kobe Bryant has just dropped $329,000 on a Ferrari 458 Italia, a fancy supercar which legitimately makes him the coolest guy in town. Outfitted with an award winning 4.5 liter V8 engine developing 570hp, it features a peak speed of 202mph and reaches 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds using its optimized launch control. Featuring a bold red exterior with exquisite detailing, Italia makes a striking on road presence for a really exotic driving experience. The car’s spacious, quiet and comfy interiors provide enough space to relax and have fun during the ride.
Ferrari 458 Italia
The basketball star Kobe Bryant helped himself to a matte black Lamborghini Aventador on November 2011, which he uses sometimes to arrive at the Los Angeles Lakers training ground. The super car possesses a very sport look due to its aerodynamically shaped body and incorporates some of the most recent high end innovations in car technology. It's one of the few cars in the world that can zoom to 100 km/hour after start in 3 seconds and is capable of attaining a mind-boggling maximum speed of 370 km/hour.
Beach of OstiaBeach of Ostia is the Rome's most popular beach and is located about 20 miles from the city. The trip there is as interesting as the seaside itself. The beach have a few lovely views along the way, such as St. Paul's Outside the Walls, EUR (Mussolini's monumental nouveau capital with its square Colosseum, at right) and, most important of all, Ostia Antica. This is Rome's own version of Pompeii.
After-School All-StarsAfter School All Stars has been working for improving kid's lives by nurturing their minds, bodies and spirits through programs that incorporate independent learning, academics and enrichment activities.It serves around 78,000 youth annually through after school and summer programs in 13 cities across the country.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family FoundationIt is dedicated to improve the lives of youth and families in need by providing financial resources and developing unique programs.
Aid Still RequiredIt is a 501c3 non-profit corporation, founded to champion forgotten issues and people left behind after natural disasters and other crises. Their every project is performed in as environmentally-friendly manner as possible.
Vijay Amritraj FoundationThe foundation has made a tremendous contribution to the society as it supported Pediatric HIV/AIDS homes in Delhi, a Blind School in Karnataka, and a mission that cares for HIV/AIDS infected adults and mentally ill patients in Cochin. In Chennai two homes that care for the aged received foundation funds along with a school for orphaned children, and a program that provides job skills to underprivileged women.
Cathy's Kids FoundationCathy’s Kids is a foundation that is focused on ensuring that funds are available for under-privileged youth that live in the inner cities of New York and Los Angeles. They make sure that the youth have access to some or all of the following: Educational tools such as books and computers, Mentoring and tutoring services and Recreational opportunities.
Nubeo black mamba wrist watchKobe Bryant has been seen wearing Nubeo Black Mamba Watch.
Air Jordan 13 (XIII) shoesKobe Bryant's cool look is reflected in his Jordan 13 shoes.
Dior Homme sunglassesKobe Bryant style is truly reflected in his Dior Homme sunglasses that he wore at a photoshoot.
Polo Ralph Lauren.Kobe Bryant has been spotted wearing a Polo Ralph Lauren at the olympics.
Kobe Bryant is the new brand ambassador of Hublot watches.