Here's a look at the life of NBA great Kobe Bryant.
Personal: Birth date: August 23, 1978
Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Father: Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player
Mother: Pam Bryant
Marriage: Vanessa (Laine) Bryant (April 18, 2001 - present)
Children: Gianna, May 2006; Natalia, January 2003
Other Facts: Bryant is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.
His parents named him after a type of steak. The beef is from a species of cattle, Wagyu, raised in the Kobe region of Japan.
Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. He speaks Italian fluently.
He entered the NBA straight out of high school.
In 1996, Bryant was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months, and 11 days.
He has played his entire pro career for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was chosen for every NBA all-star game since 1998, has two Olympic gold medals for men's basketball, as of April 2013 is fourth on the NBA all-time scoring list with 31,421 points and has won five NBA championships.
Timeline: 1996 - Finishes his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of southeastern Pennsylvania basketball. He leads the Lower Merion Aces to a season record of 31-3 and the Class-AAAA state championship.
1996 - USA Today names him the National High School Player of the Year and he wins Naismith Player of the Year.
June 26, 1996 - Bryant is selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.
July 11, 1996 - Is traded by Charlotte to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.
1996 - present - Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
1996-1997 - Is named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team
February 1997 - Wins the All-Star Weekend slam dunk competition, but does not play in the All-Star game.
1998 - He is the youngest starter at 19, in his first All-Star game.
2000-2002 - The LA Lakers win the NBA Championship 3 years in a row.
2002 - First of four times being named All-Star MVP. He's also named in 2007, 2009 and 2011.