Kobe Bean Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of three children and. When Kobe was 6 years old, his family moved to Italy. In Italy, his favorite soccer team was AC Milan. Kobe also learned how to speak French and Spanish. Kobe would sometimes go to the United States to play in basketball Summer Leagues. Then after some years, his family moved back to America.
Bryant went to Lower Merion High School where he played for the basketball team. He was one of the first players to score 2,883 points and average up to 30.8 points per game. After High School, Kobe went straight into the NBA at the age of 18.
In 1996, Kobe Bryant got drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers. As Kobe got his new coach- Phil Jackson, the Lakers won three straight championships in a row- 2000, 2001, and 2002. Bryant also lead the Lakers to the 2009 and 2010 NBA championship. Right now, Kobe Bryant is NBA’s top paid player.