Kobe Bryant Mind Map

Kobe Bryant Day
This year, we celebrate the first annual Kobe Bryant Day on August 24.
History of Kobe Bryant Day
Kobe Bean Bryant was born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. Bryant began playing basketball at the age of three. When he was six, his father retired from the NBA and moved his family to Italy to continue playing professional basketball at a lower level.
When his family returned to America, Bryant went on to play basketball at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, playing on the varsity team as a freshman. During his years playing high school basketball, he attracted attention from various college recruiters, the top of his list being Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, and Villanova.
Bryant debuted in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California, scoring 25 points in front of a standing-room-only crowd. He scored 36 points in the finale and finished with an average of 24.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games. He became the youngest player to ever play in an NBA game and the youngest NBA starter.
During his duration with the Lakers, Kobe played a total of 20 seasons. His career averages were 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 1,346 regular season games. He won one MVP Award and played 18 All-Star Games.
Timeline of Kobe Bryant
23th Aug 1978
Birth of an icon
Kobe Bean Bryant was born to former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant.
26th Jun 1996
Black Mamba joins the Lakers
The Charlotte Hornets trade 17 year old Kobe Bryant for Lakers' starting center, Vlade Divac
29th Nov 2015
Kobe Bryant announced that he would be retiring from basketball at the age of 37.
26th Jan 2020
A fatal crash
Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, six of their close friends, and their pilot passed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.
What team did Kobe Bryant play for?
Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers, sporting the number 8 for the first half of his career and 24 during the latter half before retiring after the 2015 – 2016 season.
How did Kobe Bryant die?
Kobe Bryant died on January 26, 2020 with his daughter Gianna Bryant in a helicopter crash in Calabasas.
How old was Kobe Bryant?
Born August 23, 1978, Kobe Bryant was only 41 years old when he passed away.
Kobe Bryant Day Activities
Don the number 8 and 24
Kobe started his NBA career wearing the number 8%2c but when he felt that he switched from rookie to leader%2c he adopted the number 24. On Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day wear his legendary numbers in his honor.
Re-watch Kobe Bryant highlights
Turn on YouTube and find your favorite compilation of Kobe Bryant's groundbreaking basketball career%2c or even just the silly moments that made him the likable and funny man people knew him as.
Donate to the charities he supported
Bryant was passionate about philanthropy and always gave back to the people who needed it most. On Kobe Bryant Remembrance Day%2c consider making a donation to After-School All-Stars%2c Stand Up to Cancer%2c the National Museum of African American History and Culture%2c or the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.
Why Kobe Bryant Day is Important
He was a sports icon
Kobe was more than just an NBA Hall of Famer%2c he was a once-in-a-lifetime talent with a competitive drive that made him one of the best basketball players of all time. It's his name that people say when they're throwing a balled up paper into a waste basket%2c hoping to make it in on the first try.
He was a father
Other than being an icon%2c Kobe was a family man and a loving father to Gianna%2c Natalia%2c Bianka%2c and Capri Bryant. His last moments were spent with his 13 year-old daughter%2c Gianna Bryant.
He was a husband
Kobe met his soon-to-be wife%2c Vanessa Laine Bryant in 1999 on the set of a music video. He proposed a year later and the two were married in April 2001. The couple had been together everyday since.