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NBA star Kobe Bryant

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Kobe Bean Bryant (August 1978-January 2020), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a former American professional basketball player. He is a shooting guard and a small forward. Kobe is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has won countless awards in his career. He has mastered breakthroughs, shots, free throws and three-pointers. He has almost no offensive blind spots. The record of 81 points in a single game is a strong proof of this. In addition to the crazy scoring, Kobe's organizational skills are also outstanding, often serving as the team's first promoter of offense. In addition, Kobe is one of the best defenders in the league, personal defense is very oppressive.

Kobe is the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant. In the 1996 NBA Draft, Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the 13th round of the first round, and was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers throughout his NBA career. Kobe's career won 5 NBA championships with the Lakers; won 1 regular season MVP, 2 finals MVP, 4 all-star MVP; 18 times selected NBA All-Star lineup, 15 times selected NBA best lineup Selected for the NBA's best defensive lineup 12 times.

Kobe is a shooting guard and has the ability to play small forward position. In 2007, ESPN's sports reporter voted for the greatest shooting guard in history, and Kobe ranked second after Jordan. Kobe is a productive scorer. He has averaged 25 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He is considered to be one of the most comprehensive players in the NBA. He was the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points and 6,000 assists. He is a player capable of creating scoring opportunities for himself. He used his speed and athleticism to avoid the defensive player's defense to complete the offense, with almost no offensive blind spots.

On April 14, 2016, Kobe Bryant announced his retirement after the last regular season home game against the Jazz. On December 19, 2017, the Lakers played against the Warriors at home. At halftime, they held a retirement ceremony for Kobe's No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys. On March 13, 2018, Bryant won the 90th Academy Award for Best Short Film for his short film "Dear Basketball" in collaboration with animator Gran Keane.

During his career, Kobe has devoted himself to charity, helping poor children in various ways. He spared no effort to contribute to the community, among them, the Wishing Foundation, St. Jude Children ’s Hospital and the American Boys and Girls Club are the three most important stages of his charity activities. At around 10 a.m. local time on January 26, 2020, Kobe was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, southern California, USA, at the age of 41. His 13-year-old second daughter Jaina also died in the accident. On February 7, 2020 local time, the funeral of Kobe's father and daughter was held at the Pacific Landscape Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California. On April 5, 2020, Bryant was officially elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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