Kobe’s Legacy

Nick

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






In following some recent basketball news, I have discovered that Kobe Bryant, basketball M.V.P all-star, is playing his last season. I began my research over the past couple of days to find out more about him. In a recent news interview with Kobe, he said that every morning he would take a period of time to just think. He found that his mind would always wander to basketball. When he found that his mind never wandered to the games anymore, he said he knew that his career is coming to an end.

 For just a little background info, Kobe Bean Bryant (yes, bean) was born on August 23rd 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kobe was named after the Japanese food Kobe beef and his middle name, Bean, was after his father, Joseph “Jellybean” Bryant an ex-N.B.A. player. Kobe grew up playing basketball starting at age three. His favorite team was actually the Los Angeles Lakers! His father played in the N.B.A. and when Kobe was six, he moved to Italy. They later moved back to Philadelphia. Kobe was first recognized for his basketball when he was in high school, where he played for Lower Merion High School.

 I first heard about this during a train ride home from the Los Angeles Lakers at the New York Knicks game on November 8th, 2015 at Madison Square Garden, where Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to victory against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. I found out that Kobe Bryant is having his final 2015-2016 N.B.A. season.

 Kobe‘s first N.B.A. season was in the 1996 to 1997, when he was drafted from Lower Merion High School. He didn’t even play college basketball! He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets but in July of that year, they traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would spend the rest of his career. In 2008, he was named an M.V.P. In 2004, Kobe and the Lakers entered the season finals against the Detroit Pistons, where the Lakers eventually lost. Kobe then played with Shaquile O’Neal and they won two championships in 2001 and 2002. Kobe also won two Olympic gold medals

 Kobe also made signature shoes, like any other star basketball player does these days. When he was seventeen, he signed a 6 year, 48 million dollar contract with Adidas to make signature shoes. He stayed with them until 2002 where he went one year without a contract. Later, in 2003, he signed a deal with Nike. His Nike signature shoes never came out until 2006. He is still with them as of February 23, 2016. It is currently not known if he will continue to create shoes with Nike though he probably will, just as Michael Jordan did and possibly make his own company.

  Kobe has had an excellent career and was an amazing player. It is sad to see him go, but his name will be an important part of basketball history.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Dreamcast

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Nintendo

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Project Scorpio

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    DIY Home Projects

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Cool and Easy Homemade Gifts

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    South Korea

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Undertale: Does it Live Up to the Hype?

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    DDR is(n’t) Dead

  • Kobe’s Legacy

    Arts and Entertainment

    Good Mythical Morning

  • Arts and Entertainment

    Camelback Indoor Water Park

Kobe’s Legacy