Kobe Bryant, who was born on August 23, 1978, is one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the sport. He started his professional career in 1996.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the talented basketball player:
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The first interesting fact is that his parents thought of the name Kobe because they noticed a type of steak at a restaurant that they were at before Kobe was born.
10 Interesting Facts About Kobe Bryant #2: One interesting fact that I did not know previously about the legendary basketball player is that he lived in Italy for eight years during his childhood. He is able to speak Italian fluently.
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He has commented on the subject of leadership. In his words, “The topic of leadership is a touchy one. A lot of leaders fall because they don’t have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven’t had that fear.”
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Kobe Bryant began his professional basketball career when he was 18 years, 2 months and 11 days old. At the time, he was the youngest player ever to appear in a professional basketball game.
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Another interesting fact is that he was the youngest basketball player ever to play in an NBA All-Star Game. He appeared in the basketball game in 1998.
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A random fact about the future Hall of Fame basketball player is that he was able to score 1,080 on his SATs.
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He recorded a song called “K.O.B.E.” with Tyra Banks. The song was released as a single.
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Another interesting fact is that he went to his high school prom with a well-known singer, Brandy Norwood.
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One of his best games was on January 22, 2006. In the game, he was able to score 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. This was the second-highest single-game scoring performance by a player in the history of the NBA. The only player who has scored more than Bryant in a game is the late basketball player Wilt Chamberlain, who managed to score 100 points on March 2, 1962.
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The last interesting fact is that both Sporting News and TNT named him the best NBA player of the 2000s.
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