Became the third highest scoring NBA player
Returned to play with the U.S. team and again won the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in London, England
Led the Lakers to two more NBA championships
Made his Olympic debut at the Summer Games in Beijing, China, where he won the gold medal along with the U.S. men's basketball team
Won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award
Led the Lakers to an NBA championship "three-peat"
At age 18, he won the Slam Dunk contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend
Guest starred on the UPN sitcom "Moesha"
Launched his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers
Led his team to their first state championship in 53 years during his senior year at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, PA; selected by USA Today and Parade as National High School Player of the Year
At the start of the 2015/2016 season, 37-year-old Bryant began his 20th season as a Los Angeles Laker
Bryant was accused of sexual assault in 2003 by a 19-year-old Eagle, CO hotel employee. He denied raping the woman and claimed the incident was "consensual." The charges were later dropped because the accuser was unwilling to testify.
His father, Joe Bryant, named him after a type of Japanese beef.
Waged a long professional feud with Shaquille O'Neal from 1996 to 2011. The argument was based largely around both men's perception of the other's playing style: O'Neal regarded Bryant as selfish and arrogant, while Bryant dismissed O'Neal for what he considered lack of work ethic.
Recorded a single, "K.O.B.E." in 2000, to largely negative response.
Listed by Forbes as the fifth highest paid athlete in the world, behind LeBron James, Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Scored the second highest number of points in a single game in NBA history when he earned 81 points opposite the Toronto Raptors in 2006.
Won two gold medals with U.S. Basketball team in 2008 and 2012.
Played 17 times on the All-Star Team and 15 times on the All-NBA team.
Was the youngest player in league history to earn 30,000 points in a career.
Long before the chocolate-hazelnut spread became popular in America, Kobe Bryant signed a U.S. endorsement deal with Nutella, which he had become fond of during his childhood in Italy.