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Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978 is an American professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. Bryant plays as a shooting guard. During the 2005-2006 season, he scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors. The NBA created a video tribute to the 81 point performance (link).)
Championships and awards
Bryant has won five championship rings from 2000-2002 and again in 2009-2010. He was awarded the Most Valuable Player in the 2007-08 NBA season after the Los Angeles Lakers went to the 2008 NBA Playoffs as the first seed in the Western Conference. In 2008, he won a gold medal with the United States national team at the Olympics in Beijing. He has earned 14 selections for All-NBA teams and 12 for All-Defensive teams. He led the league in scoring twice. He has received 4 all-star game MVPs in 14 appearances. He has also won 2 finals MVP awards. He is also the youngest player to reach 30,000 points, passing Shaquille O Neal and joining the 30,000 points club with only 4 others players. Kobe Bryant's achievements continue to grow as he is still a superstar in the NBA today at the age of 35. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest basketball players in NBA history.
- "Kobe Bryant Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN". espn.go.com. 2011 [last update]. http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/110/kobe-bryant. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
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- "Kobe Bryant Olympics - Kobe Bryant commits to 2012 Olympics - Los Angeles Times". articles.latimes.com. 2011 [last update]. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/nov/02/sports/la-sp-lakers-fyi-20101103. Retrieved March 19, 2011.