Kobe Bryant

Kobe was the first guard to be drafted by the NBA out of high school.

Kobe played for the Los Angeles Lakers his entire professional career.


He was the youngest player to start an NBA game.

He was named after the Japanese steak "kobe".

His middle name is Bean.

He spent a lot of his childhood in Italy where his father played professional basketball.

He learned how to speak Italian and played a lot of soccer.

Kobe's mom's brother, John Cox, also played in the NBA.