Kobe's Basketball Career
Kobe Bryant has led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA Championships and is a 13-time NBA All-Star and 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist. He is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history and currently ranks sixth on the NBA’s all-time regular season scoring list. Bryant earned the league’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2008 and led the NBA in scoring during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. He was the 2009 and 2010 NBA Finals MVP and ranks third all-time in NBA post-season scoring.
Bryant has been selected thirteen times to the All-NBA First Team and eleven times to the All-Defensive Team. He has started in every NBA All-Star Game that has been held during his career, winning the All-Star MVP award four times (2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011). He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest in 1997. Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, he became the first guard in league history to be drafted out of high school.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant devote time, financial resources and their philanthropic passion to causes that benefit youth and young adults in need.
In order to make a measurable, positive impact on the critical issue of youth homelessness, KVBFF has partnered with a number of Los Angeles-based organizations including Step Up on Second, My Friend’s Place and United Way. Bryant is currently serving as the honorary chair of United Way of Greater Los Angeles’s annual HomeWalk for the third consecutive year.
Bryant also volunteers his time to Make-A-Wish Foundation, NBA Cares and The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and serves as a national ambassador for After-School All-Stars. In 2007, he launched the first annual Kobe Basketball Academy, at which he mentors and trains athletes ages 8-18.
Other organizations that Kobe has previously supported include: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, The Center for Abused Children, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center (East L.A.).