Kobe Bryant

1978 - 2020

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Kobe Bean Bryant ( KOH-bee; August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, Bryant won five NBA championships and was an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, a 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a two-time NBA Finals MVP. He also led the NBA in scoring twice and ranks fourth in league all-time regular season and postseason scoring. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Kobe Bryant has received more than 76,489,202 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Kobe Bryant is the 7th most popular basketball player, the 941st most popular biography from United States (up from 1,001st in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Basketball Player.

Kobe Bryant is most famous for being a professional basketball player. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers and won five NBA championships with them.

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Among basketball players, Kobe Bryant ranks 7 out of 1,757Before him are Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, and Magic Johnson. After him are Dennis Rodman, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, Dražen Petrović, Larry Bird, and Svetislav Pešić.

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Among people born in 1978, Kobe Bryant ranks 4Before him are Volodymyr Zelensky, Gianluigi Buffon, and Miroslav Klose. After him are Didier Drogba, Carles Puyol, Omar Sy, Gennaro Gattuso, Michelle Rodriguez, Ian Somerhalder, Juan Román Riquelme, and Charlene, Princess of Monaco. Among people deceased in 2020, Kobe Bryant ranks 39Before him are Dmitry Yazov, Jiří Menzel, Oliver E. Williamson, Michael Lonsdale, John le Carré, and Lucia Bosè. After him are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nexhmije Hoxha, Eduard Limonov, Kenzō Takada, Luis Sepúlveda, and Geert Hofstede.

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Among people born in United States, Kobe Bryant ranks 941 out of 20,380Before him are Dickinson W. Richards (1895), Jody Williams (1950), Harry Dean Stanton (1926), Kenneth Arrow (1921), Edgar Cayce (1877), and Estée Lauder (1906). After him are Leon M. Lederman (1922), James Earl Jones (1931), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), Billy Bob Thornton (1955), Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928), and Chick Corea (1941).


Among basketball players born in United States, Kobe Bryant ranks 7Before him are Michael Jordan (1963), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947), Wilt Chamberlain (1936), Bill Russell (1934), and Magic Johnson (1959). After him are Dennis Rodman (1961), Jerry West (1938), Clyde Drexler (1962), Larry Bird (1956), LeBron James (1984), and Pat Riley (1945).