Hero or Ballhog in the world of "Infor-tainment"
May 7, 2007
Kobe Bryant is a second generation basketball player and is the son of former NBA player Joe "Jellybean" Bryant. Kobe is more talented and more famous than his father who played in the late 70's and early 80's. Kobe was born in 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu. After his father's NBA career ended in the early 80's Bryant's father moved his family to Italy where Kobe's father played for four years in the LEGA league. Kobe grew up in Italy and in Italy the major sport was soccer however Kobe played basketball and eventually when his family moved back to the United States he enrolled Lower Merion High School, PA. Kobe Bryant had an excellent high school career in which he became the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania schoolboy history with 2,883 points, breaking the marks of NBA legend and Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (2,359 points) and former St. Joseph's player Carlin Warley (2,441 points) (http://www.nba.com/playerfile/kobe_bryant/bio.html). In addition, Bryant led his high school team to a 77-13 record in his last three seasons and was a four-year starter. He was also received various Player of the Year awards for his senior year in high school. After a successful high school career Bryant decided to go straight to the NBA instead of going to college. This is when Kobe Bryant rose to national prominence because he had a decent SAT score of 1080 which would have allowed him to go to any college he wanted on a full scholarship but instead he chose the NBA. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobe_Bryant). In 1996, he was drafted 13th to the Charlotte Hornets but was traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac.
Thus began the career of Kobe Bryant of in the NBA. In his early years he came off the bench and saw limited playing time. As his career progressed he... [continues]
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