Kobe Bryant
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"Kobe Bean Bryant" is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from high school, and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championships. Bryant is a 17-time NBA All-Star/All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, and 12-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team/All-Defensive team. He has List of National Basketball Association season scoring leaders/led the league in scoring twice, and he ranks third on both the league's List of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders/all-time regular season scoring and List of National Basketball Association career playoff scoring leaders/all-time postseason scoring lists.

The son of former NBA player Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the 1996–97 Charlotte Hornets season/Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.

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