Kobe Bryant Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education, Career, and Death
Kobe Bryant Net Worth 2020 – Kobe Bryant is one of the most popular and successful basketball players in recent times.
His father is a retired professional basketball player in America and his father is probably the inspiration behind his fondness for this game.
He was born to former NBA player Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant, on 23rd August 1978, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has two elder sisters named Shaya and Sharia.
He played basketball and football from a tender age, and he was a fan of the ‘Lakers’ team of basketball and ‘AC Milan’ team of soccer.
In 2009, he married Vanessa Laine and the couple is blessed with two daughters named Natalia and Gianna.
He was accused of sexual assault by a hotel employee, and this affected his reputation and made him lose endorsements contacts.
However, the prosecutor dropped the case when the accuser denied to appear before the court.
Popular rappers Lil Wayne and Sho Baraka worked on songs named after this basketball player.
He owns a company named ‘Kobe Bryant Inc.’ which invests in various emerging sports brands. One of the first investments of the company was in a sports drink brand named ‘BODYARMOR’.
When he was six years old, his family shifted to Rieti, Italy. In 1991, his family traveled back to Philadelphia and Kobe enrolled at the ‘Lower Merion High School’.
His participation in the basketball match won the ‘Lower Merion High School’ a state championship after fifty-three years.
In 1996, he was included in the ‘National Basketball Association’ (NBA), by the ‘Charlotte Hornets’ team, before he was traded to play for the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ team. So he did not join college and embarked on his sports career.
In the 1996-97 NBA season, Bryant played well and created a record by becoming the youngest player ever to play in an NBA game.
In the ‘All-Star weekend’ held in February 1997, he won the ‘Slam Dunk Contest’ and registered his name as the youngest player to win this championship.
His remarkable performances during the year got him a place in the ‘NBA All-Rookie’ second team.
In the 1997-98 NBA season, he performed better than the previous season and was voted the ‘NBA All-Star’ starter. He was the youngest NBA player to receive this honor.
In the following season, Bryant played exceptionally well and established himself as a premier guard in the league. During the same time, he entered into a contract with the ‘Lakers’ team which extended for six years.
In 1999, the former American basketball player, Phil Jackson was appointed as the coach of the ‘Lakers’ team and this helped Bryant improve his skills in basketball.
He excelled as a shooting guard in the league and played with the ‘All-Star’, ‘All-NBA’ and ‘All-Defensive’ teams. This popular basketball player led his team to victory and they became champions during 1999-2002.
In the following season, the ‘Lakers’ could not make it to the finals after their loss to the ‘San Antonio Spurs’ team.
Kobe could not take part in the initial matches of the 2003-04 NBA season, but when he resumed, he led his team to the finals and even won the ‘Pacific Division’ title. However, they lost to the ‘Detroit Pistons’ team.
The same year, Rudy Tomjanovich was appointed as the new coach of the ‘Lakers’ team and this player re-entered into a contract with the ‘Lakers’.
The season which followed was not a successful one, both for the team and Bryant. ‘Lakers’ lost the playoffs which had not happened in years.
Moreover, coach Rudy too resigned from his post.
In the 2005-06 NBA season, was a season of renewal for the ‘Lakers’. The team was again under the guidance of coach Phil Jackson, and the two Lakers’, Kobe and Shaquille, made peace with their differences.
The team was back into the playoffs.
In December 2006, this player scored 81 points in a game against the ‘Toronto Raptors’ team. He also scored well in the following four games which created a record of being the first player to score 45 points or more in four consecutive games.
His team too improved in comparison to the earlier season, although they did not win the season.
In the 2006-07 NBA season, he performed well and even got selected to the ‘All-Star Game’ for the ninth time.
He also got the ‘All-Star Game MVP Trophy’ for the second time. However, his team lost the playoffs to the ‘Phoenix Suns’ team with a 4-1 score.
In December 2007, he created a record of being the youngest player to reach 20,000 points.
The following year, he represented the ‘U.S. men’s national basketball team’ and won a gold medal at the ‘Olympics’. He was also bestowed with the ‘NBA Most Valuable Player’ award.
In the 2007-08 NBA season, the ‘Lakers’ reached the finals but lost to the ‘Boston Celtics’.
The ‘Lakers’ had a good start at the 2008-09 NBA season, and Bryant’s performance won him ‘All-Star Game’ as a starter and was also made the ‘Western Conference Player of the Month’ for December.
The ‘Lakers’ registered a win at the ‘2009 NBA Finals’, and this sports personality won his first ‘NBA Final MVP’ trophy.
In the 2009-10 NBA season, he played exceptionally well and broke Jerry West’s record and became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers team.
The 2010 NBA Finals was also won by his team ‘Lakers’, and this talented player received the ‘NBA Finals MVP Award’ again.
In the ‘2012 Summer Olympics’ he won a gold medal. This sportsperson has been entitled to the top NBA player of the 2000s by the ‘Sporting News and ‘TNT’.
In December 2012, he reached 30,000 career points becoming the first player in NBA history to reach this milestone.
Net Worth and Death
Bryant was considered to be one of the best NBA players of all time, won multiple awards and trophies during his career, and was also one of the richest athletes of all time.
It came as an enormous shock to the world when Kobe was pronounced dead after a tragic helicopter crash on the way to his daughter’s basketball game. His daughter and several others were also killed.
At his time of death, Kobe Bryant’s net worth was estimated to be $500 million.