Kobe Bean Bryant was a legendary American basketball star for the Los Angeles Lakers for the past three decades. He originally played basketball as a small forward for the University of Tennessee, but later joined the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played all of his playing time.
Kobe earned an unparalleled reputation as a basketball player, especially on the defensive end. He led the NBA in steals three times and became one of the most feared defenders in the game. His defensive skills have been copied by other defensive players such as Tyson Chandler, Patrick Ewing, and Andrei Kirilenko. As a shooter, he was an elite three-point shooter and a great rebounder for his position.
He was a member of the Showtime Lakers team that won a championship during the mid-1990s, then had another great career with the Orlando Magic, before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. After a brief stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, Kobe signed with the New York Knicks, before retiring from basketball in 2020.
As a player, Kobe Bryant had a variety of memorable games. Among them was the unforgettable game against the Detroit Pistons in overtime, in which he missed two free throws, but then drove down the court and hit one free throw to win the game for the Lakers. He also played well against the Sacramento Kings in a regular season game, missing only one shot. Kobe then scored a spectacular overtime goal in a Game 5 victory against the Sacramento Kings, when he buried a three pointer from the right wing.
Kobe was a member of the NBA's 2020 All-Star Team and won his first NBA Championship with the Lakers when he led them to their second NBA title during the 2020-2020 season. He finished his career as one of the most exciting players in NBA history.
After his retirement, Kobe Bryant was involved in a number of legal issues. On April 15th, 2020, he was arrested for obstruction of justice, driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and possession of marijuana. In July of that same year, Bryant was arrested for driving while intoxicated, which he claimed to be the result of an anxiety attack he had suffered.
After the first court case, which ended in a conviction, Kobe Bryant filed for bankruptcy. Following a legal investigation into this matter, the judge ordered him to pay all his fines, court costs, and penalties associated with the original court case.
In a lawsuit filed against Kobe Bryant by several former teammates, it was alleged that he sexually abused former teammate Jerry Stackhouse. According to his account, Stackhouse was forced to go to bed with Kobe Bryant after the team bused in a male stripper at a Las Vegas hotel.
Another lawsuit against Kobe Bryant was brought against him by his ex-wife Vanessa Bryant. This case was settled out of court, after the two parties reached a personal settlement amount.