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Birth name: Kobe Bean Bryant.
Nickname: Black Mamba, KB24.
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m).
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg).
Team: Los Angeles Lakers.
Position: Shooting guard.
Born: August 23, 1978 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kobe Bean Bryant is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is the only son of former Philadelphia 76ers player and former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. He is generally regarded as one of the best players of his generation.
Bryant rose to national prominence in 1996 when he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of high school. Bryant and then-teammate Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. Since O'Neal's departure following the 2004 season, Bryant has become the cornerstone of the Lakers' franchise, and was the NBA leading scorer during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
In 2003, Bryant made headlines when he was accused of sexual assault. The charges were dropped after Bryant's accuser declined to testify, and the two sides ultimately settled the matter outside of criminal court.
On May 30, 2007, Bryant, in an interview with Stephen A. Smith, announced that he would demand a trade from his team of 10 years, the Los Angeles Lakers. He cited as his reason an incident in which an unnamed "Lakers insider" claimed (erroneously, according to Bryant) that Kobe was responsible for the controversial exit of Shaquille O'Neal three years earlier.