Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant shared so much in common. Not only were they fierce competitors on the basketball court and champions, but Jordan and Bryant also had the same trainer in Tim Grover.
The Charlotte Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft on June 26, 1996. Bryant was the best high school player in the country and went straight to the NBA from Lower Merion in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
Before Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, his former Lakers teammate requested his help. It was ultimately one of their final conversations, too. This is a look at Kobe Bryant’s success with that former teammate, what they needed help with, and what their career looked like after leaving Bryant and the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers once attempted to trade star guard Kobe Bryant to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for LeBron James.
Kobe Bryant always dreamed of Michael Jordan introducing him into the Hall of Fame, and next month, the Lakers great will get his wish.
When Kobe Bryant retired in 2016, he received an unforgettable, personalized gift from Lakers superfan and world-famous rapper Snoop Dogg.
NBA legend Kobe Bryant had many great teammates on the LA Lakers. In fact, one famous teammate, who later became a reality TV star, even reportedly kept him from fighting a famous rapper. This is a look at Kobe Bryant’s famous teammate, the rapper he almost fought, and how Bryant didn’t remember the altercation.
While Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant found plenty of success on the basketball court, they didn’t aways see eye-to-eye.
Kobe Bryant grew up a Magic Johnson and LA Lakers fan, so it was a special honor for Bryant to play for the Lakers his entire career and win five NBA championships.
Kobe Bryant had a ton of success with the Lakers. However, he maybe could have had a little more success had an NBA legend joined him. This is a look at Bryant’s career on the Lakers, how he tried recruiting an NBA legend to LA, and how the two players almost teamed up before that.
Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s unforgettable performance in his final NBA game was driven by a single factor.
The story of how Kobe Bryant is still inspiring his former Lakers teammate, Julius Randle, who has the Knicks in the playoff hunt, is incredible.
Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in NBA history. He won five championships and two Finals MVPs with the LA Lakers and is universally recognized as the second-best shooting guard ever behind Michael Jordan.
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant attributed much of his success to Michael Jackson, a close friend and a controversial figure.
Kobe Bryant’s father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, once punched him and made him cry at a prestigious high-school camp for refusing to run.
Even in his final years with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant paid tribute to his alma mater — Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia — every night.
After Adam Morrison’s disappointing NBA career came to an end, he received a personalized gift from Kobe Bryant that cheered him up.
Kobe Bryant found fame and fortune as a global star, but he still had a relatable pet peeve.
Charles Barkley somehow found a way to shade Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James while praising James Harden.
LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had a special relationship with Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. It was all summed up in one question that Bryant would frequently ask ESPN reporter Michael Wilbon any time he had a big game, too.
Kobe Bryant said Mike Krzyzewski persisted in recruiting him out of high school in Pennsylvania, but the Duke Blue Devils coach doesn’t remember it that way.
Duane Washington Jr. has become a star for the Ohio State Buckeyes’ men’s college basketball team. His basketball roots, though, actually connected him with NBA and LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, as Washington’s uncle won five NBA championships with him.
Kevin Durant says he had ‘beef’ with the late, great Kobe Bryant early in his NBA career that the ‘Black Mamba’ never knew about.
Kobe Bryant could have played for Doc Rivers, his future rival, if the Los Angeles Lakers got their way in the spring of 2004.
Vanessa Bryant can’t undo the tragic death of her husband Kobe, but she did win a significant legal battle over his fatal accident.
Former Lakers teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant shared a special moment after sharing MVP honors at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.
Michael Jordan held a $30 million trump card over the rest of the NBA for almost two decades before Kobe Bryant finally stole it from him.
A look at the all-time overall leading scorers in NBA All-Star Game history.
When he was still in high school, Kobe Bryant told a Seth Davis about his NBA plans involving Michael Jordan.
Dennis Rodman was no stranger to locker room drama. However, even he had a hard time dealing with the arguing between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.
As Kobe Bryant wrapped up his 20th and final season, Devin Booker finished his first. It was the beginning of a brotherly friendship.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were both very similar players that didn’t settle for anything less than greatness. But did Bryant make a big mistake?
NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett speaks about his flaws, Kobe Bryant, and why he was an “a-hole” on the basketball court.”
Kobe Bryant’s competitive drive aligned with Michael Jordan’s notoriously stringent philosophy. But they differed regarding teammates.
Kyrie Irving has curious reasoning for replacing Jerry West with Kobe Bryant on the official NBA logo.
While many athletes have expressed how Kobe Bryant inspired them to do better, his legacy goes beyond the basketball court.
Kobe Bryant touched the lives on almost every basketball player on the planet. The lessons he taught inspired one NBA journeyman to continue to grow.
Before he passed away in a helicopter crash in January of 2020, LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant tried to help Derrick Rose win a championship.
Naomi Osaka was deeply impacted by the tragic death of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. The two were very close, as Bryant was one of Osaka’s mentors.
Vitaly Potapenko was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers one pick ahead of Kobe Bryant in 1996. How did his career end up and where is he now?
Michael Jordan was willing to talk trash to anyone at any time, including Lakers legend Kobe Bryant during a friendly dinner.
Over a year after Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s tragic death, federal officials just provided a heartbreaking update about the helicopter crash.
Kobe Bryant had many battles with the Nuggets. The Lakers icon never lost to them, and the Denver franchise may have George Karl to blame for that.
Travis Kelce has become a rich man with the Chiefs. Kobe Bryant potentially helped him get even richer during a trip Kelce took to Vegas.
Kobe Bryant is considered one of the greatest Lakers of all time, but he was nearly drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1996.
These days, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is an inescapable presence in the world of sports. Kobe Bryant at least partially played a hand in that…
During his legendary career with the LA Lakers, Kobe Bryant established himself as one of the most ruthless competitors in NBA history. The Black Mamba was always out for blood.
Kobe Bryant spent his entire career with the Lakers. Only Bulls legend Michael Jordan is ahead of Bryant in the all-time shooting guard rankings.
Almost a year since Kobe Bryant’s tragic passing, star forward LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are honoring him a unique way.
During the 2005-06 season, LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant scored 81 points at Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors.
Kobe Bryant initially misunderstood Michael Jordan’s advice about staying aggressive when the Los Angeles Lakers star was just 19 years old.