", "Kobe Bryant's Charity Work, Events and Causes", "Honor Kobe Bryant's legacy through the charities he supported", "Statement on the Death of Basketball Icon and Museum Founding Donor Kobe Bryant", "Kobe Bryant Granted Over 200 Make-A-Wish Requests During Career: It Was the 'Highlight of My Life, "Kobe's $6M drink investment has $200M return", "Kobe Bryant and Jeff Stibel Unveil $100 Million Venture Capital Fund", "What Is Bryant Stibel, Venture Capitalist Fund? [420] Before the scheduled trial, a settlement was reached allowing the auction house the sale of less than 10% of the items. Meanwhile, Bryant posted his highest scoring average of his five Finals wins, O’Neal wasn’t present to hog the accolades, and the Lakers posted an excellent +7.2 point differential in the postseason, the second-highest of Bryant’s five title-winning teams. [86][87] While making the All-NBA Defensive Team again, Bryant was also named to the All-NBA First Team for the first time in his career. [231] He returned three games before the end of the regular season. Read more » He grew up with two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya, and had a close relationship with them until his death. As he continues his farewell tour, Bryant is choosing to focus on the wins rather than dwell on any possible regrets over Finals losses to the 2004 Pistons and 2008 Celtics. Bryant won his second consecutive Finals MVP award by averaging a series-high 28.6 points, 8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. On December 17, Bryant matched his season high of 21 points in a 96–92 win over Memphis, but he suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee that was expected to sideline him for six weeks. 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"[365] Reuters called him "arguably the best player of his generation",[339] while both Sporting News and TNT named him their NBA player of the decade for the 2000s. [202] In his ninth game of the season, playing against the Denver Nuggets, Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 26,000 career points. Black jerseys, trimmed in gold, a snakeskin print on the exterior to make it further unique. Daryl Morey, speaking Monday for the first time as president of basketball operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, expressed excitement about the championship potential of a roster built around All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. [12][389][390], In November 1999, 21-year-old Bryant met 17-year-old Vanessa Laine while she was working as a background dancer on the Tha Eastsidaz music video "G'd Up". [172] Bryant led the team to tie the franchise record for most wins to start the season going 17–2,[173] and by the middle of December they compiled a 21–3 record. [401] In early December 2016, Vanessa gave birth to their third daughter,[402][403][404] and in January 2019 the Bryants announced they were expecting a fourth daughter. [232] The Lakers were knocked out of the playoffs by Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the playoffs, losing in five games. In the playoffs, teammate O'Neal declared Bryant the best player in the league. [140] In his first game back on March 9, he elbowed Kyle Korver in the face which was retroactively re-classified as a Type 1 flagrant foul. [441], Together with his wife, Bryant founded the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation (KVBFF). The ACBL has been trying to change the perception of bridge as a game for older people. “We never want to lose in these jerseys,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said. However, after high schooler Kevin Garnett went in the first round of the 1995 NBA draft, Bryant also began contemplating going directly to the pros. In Game 4 against the Kings, Bryant recorded 48 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists in a 119–113 series-clinching win. [212], On April 13, 2011, the NBA fined Bryant $100,000 for directing a gay slur at referee Bennie Adams in frustration in the previous day's game. [167] In the first game of the next round, against the Jazz, Bryant scored 38 points as the Lakers beat the Jazz in Game 1. Fans were upset at the omission, especially as actors Naya Rivera and Chadwick Boseman had been featured prominently in both;[518][519][520][521] after Rivera and Boseman's unexpected deaths in July and August 2020, the three young black celebrities were popularly compared. The Lakers’ tributes have not faded or slowed down in that time. [23][33], Bryant earned national recognition during a spectacular high school career at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, located in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion. [512] On February 15, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the All-Star Game MVP Award would be renamed to the NBA All-Star Game Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player in Bryant's honor. Thank you for this incredible journey. Part of that challenge will land on Morey's shoulders -- specifically, trying to sort out how to make a roster full of talented, but seemingly ill-fitting, pieces fit better. [255] Bryant had surgery on April 13 to repair the tear, and it was estimated he would miss six to nine months. [118] In addition to breaking the previous franchise record of 71 set by Elgin Baylor, Bryant's 81-point game was the second-highest point total in NBA history, surpassed only by Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962. [373] He was the Lakers' all-time leading scorer, and his five titles are tied for the most in franchise history. Kolesnik wanted to know if, um, maybe Hamman and his longtime bridge partner, Peter Weichsel, 77, would join his team for this year’s North American Online Bridge Championships Premier Knockout, being held from July 23 to Aug. 2? The score going into the fourth quarter was 85 to 113, the equivalent of being 20 points down in the N.B.A. [145] Throughout the 2006–07 season, his jersey became the top selling NBA jersey in the United States and China. [316] He also decided not to play in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. [104] The following day, Bryant declined an offer to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and re-signed with the Lakers on a seven-year contract. "[348] According to Bryant, "I would go 0 for 30 before I would go 0 for 9; 0 for 9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game. I can live with that every day.”. These included being named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Men's National Basketball Player of the Year, a McDonald's All-American, a first-team Parade All-American and a USA Today All-USA First Team player. It just wasn’t in the cards for me to win six or seven. It’s no secret: This playoff run by the Lakers is with Bryant constantly in mind. "Information and results for 'Adidas, Basketball Star Kobe Bryant Part Ways. It was as if the other players were now his partners, not his personal spear-carriers. And I think hopefully it will yield success on the court. After finishing 50–32 in the regular season, the Lakers floundered in the playoffs and lost in the Western Conference semi-finals in six games to the eventual NBA champions San Antonio Spurs. By finishing off the Denver Nuggets in the Conference Finals in six games, the Lakers earned their second straight trip to the NBA Finals. [444] On February 9, 2009, Bryant was featured on the cover of ESPN The Magazine. His injury came while he was playing seven consecutive quarters and at least 40 minutes for seven consecutive games. In 1997, he appeared on an episode of Hang Time, this was followed by a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That (1998).