Amazing Facts: Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant scored a total of 33,643 points during his career. He ranks third for points scored, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Bryant is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.

Kobe's favorite team while he was growing up was the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2002 Kobe Bryant paid $8 million to get out of his endorsement contract with Adidas so that he could sign with Nike.

His parents named him after a type of steak. The beef is from a species of cattle, Wagyu, raised in the Kobe region of Japan.

Kobe Bryant's father was also a professional basketball player, named Joe 'Jelly Bean' Bryant. This was the inspiration for Kobe's middle name.

Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. He speaks Italian fluently.

Kobe Bryant was the youngest NBA player to win the Slam Dunk Contest. It was the only time he ever competed in the competition.

In 2015 it was reported that Kobe Bryant earned $49.5 million, between his NBA contract and endorsement deals with various companies.

He was nominated for one Academy Award and won once.

Kobe Bryant only won one NBA Most Valuable Player award during his entire career - in 2008. He did however place in voting many times including 2009 (2nd), 2003, 2007, and 2010 (3rd), 2006, 2011, and 2012 (4th), 2002, 2004, and 2013 (5th).

He entered the NBA straight out of high school.

In 2003, only 2 years after marrying his wife Vanessa, Kobe was charged with sexual assault against a 19-year-old hotel employee. The case was dismissed but he settled a civil suit out of court.

Kobe Bryant is married to Vanessa Bryant, and they have two daughters Gianna, and Natalia.

In 1996, Bryant was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months, and 11 days.

Kobe Bryant was an NBA champion five times in his career. Only Michael Jordan beat Kobe's record by winning six times.

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

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points or more in a total of 6 games during his career. Only Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for more with 7 games of 60 points or more.

Bryant has two Olympic gold medals for men's basketball.

Kobe Bryant was named All-Star 18 times during his 20-year NBA career.

Bryant is third on the NBA all-time scoring list. He has also won five NBA championships.

During his 20 seasons with the LA Lakers Kobe scored 5,640 points during the playoffs. He ranks third place for playoff points scored during an NBA career, behind Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Kobe Bryant earned over $328 million from his NBA contracts during his career. He is believed to have made over $680 million in total during his career from his NBA salary and endorsements.