Kobe Bryant. Where to start with this guy… how about 5 time champion, 2 time Finals MVP, 13 time All Star, 8 time All-NBA First team and 8 time All-Defensive First team. What stands out the most about Kobe is his passion for the game and his unwillingness to give up.

Kobe entered the NBA as a 17-year old kid in 1996 as a high-flying prospect out of Lower Merion High School, selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets (now known as the New Orleans Hornets). He was born in Philadelphia but moved to Italy as he was young then returned back to Philly during his High School years and made a name for himself as one of the top high school prospects at the time.

In the 1996 Draft, there were high expectations that he would be selected by hometown team, the76ers but he was spurned by the 76ers, whom selected Allen Iverson instead. Kobe slipped to the #13 where he was selected by the Charlotte Hornets. Thanks to the cerebral thinking of then-General Manager and Laker legend Jerry West, Kobe was traded to the Lakers for the starting Centre, Vlade Divac (that might be one trade that the Hornets wish they could take back).

Since then, Kobe has not disappointed. Every game would be one for the history books, whether it involved him scoring 81 against the Raptors, 62 in 3 quarters against the Mavericks, draining 12 three-pointers (in 18 attempts) against the Seattle Supersonics or setting a Madison Square Garden record by scoring 61 points in the building.

He has made a name for himself as one of the best, if not, the best closer the game has seen. Hearing the crowd yell out in disappointment and showering him with boo’s after hitting a game winner or clutch shot (on the road) has become a routine for Kobe.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Kobe. He faced his shares of downs in his career whether it was wasting years of potential championship talent away on a team full of Kwame’s, Smush’s and Mihm’s or whether it was his dispute with Phil and being labelled as “un-coachable”

Yet that didn’t stop Kobe from playing the game. He used that negativity he got from the media and turned it into revenge, letting his play do the talking. This is word to the media, keep the hate coming guys!

Happy Birthday, Kobe!

  • NBAmazkingKB24

    Happy Birthday KOBES!
    the day kobe retires, this guy is going to put me in tears.
    For all the great things he has brought us to the Lakers Franchise.
    Wish time goes backwords sometimes…
    Happy Birthday Black Mamba!

    • Jeancarlotorres

      Happy birthday mamba have a good years n go get ur championship!

  • i0ioooooi0i

    i feel the love for kobe. really, i do. Happy Birthday, Mamba.
    but seriously, y’all need to be covering our boy L.O. in the world championships. these games have been close, and he’s been ballin’ at center out there! … come on LakersNation

    • masikipyo!

      Right!? Let’s show some love to LO out at the World Championships doin’ it big!!

  • Robert.

    Happy Birthday to you,
    5 more rings for you too,
    39,000 points, it’s true – ue
    Kobe’s a Champion through & through
    and many more …
    on channel 4 (actually fox sports west) …
    and Ron-Ron too …
    on channel 2 (actually, channel 9)

  • 242LakerFan

    Happy birthday, Mamba!
    Remember, age is irrelevant…unless you’re whiskey.

    • http://www.vidaguerrasbutt.com/vida-guerra-playboy-picture-a_17.html#pic daboss1849

      Fine wine also

    • lakers2000

      Don’t forget cheese, my brothers!

      • slap em

        how could u guys not mention lebron?????

  • Alex

    Happy Birthday Kobe!
    One more year, one more ring!

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    since he quit playing defense,having GASOFT SHOW UP AND CARRY THE TEAM….his birthday is on-going.

    • Laffs atu is a Gay boy

      hahaahahah! well he can’t be Gasoft if he’s carrying the team fag boy pull your damn skirt down

    • Kobe bi curious?

      You still on kobe sack baby girl i know why u hate kobe so much because you was that white girl in denver right? He cam in your face and never called you back smh!

    • JOSH IN DA 310

      Laffs atu you piece of shit! I cant wait for the day you get hit by a fucking train! I hope a Laker fan hears you say something stupid one day and pulls out a heat and smokes your punk ass

  • kobetrader

    Trade his old ass while its still worth something. For 24 million we could have got 3-4 quality guys. I bet this SoB will be injured one way or the other. pinkie, knee, index finger.. anything else

    • hoop247

      wtf r u talkin about? get outta here, u son of queers. don’t make me do what trucks do to deers.

      • 6’9

        Kobetrader and laffs atu the same person can’t you tell

    • Showtime4eva

      Laffs atu your a shit for brains.

    • Cheech

      Yeah He Got Injured but he only missed five games because of it…STOP TALKING SHIT ON KOBE

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  • laker fan for life and death

    You must be stupid best player in this decade. Trade for WHO no one is even close. Its like trading a Ferrai for a dodge.
    KOBE is the baddest MOFO there is. He leads and carries a team.
    La Choke cant do that. Wade has moments but no one stand in is shoes. Artest and Pau have played with many and they all say Kobe is the best in the league.
    Live with it haters

  • PoohCandy1

    Happy Birthday Kobe! The best in the game! Nobody does it bettter! Three Peat!

  • JD

    Happy Birthday, Black Mamba! u re the best basketball player on the plant I ever seen.
    Get another one ring more!

  • Varick Hudson

    Kobe (Black Mamba) Bean Bryant! You are the greatest basketball player that has ever lived and has played the game of Basketball, in my eyes and I have seen them all play including, Clyde ” Walt” Frazier, Earl the pearl Monroe, Wilt (The Stilt) Chamberlin, Bill Russell, Jerry West, The Big “O” Oscar Robinson, Ervin ( Magic) Johnson, “Dr J” Julius Irving, Lou Alcindor better known as Kareem Abdul Jabar, and Larry Bird. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GREAT ONE. And I hope you have many more.

    • Showtime4eva


  • http://twitter.com/DOMINATESANCHEZ DOMIN8

    KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE KOBE we love u man thanx 4 all the memories 24 happy birthday I wish I could leave u as is however replace. Ur current 32 y/o knees w/ ur-don’t-even-matter-who’s-n-the-paint-or-how-far-away-I-I’am-I’m-dunking-it-on-ur-ass-knees

  • KOBE_MVP_11

    happy birthday kobe best in the world!

  • http://twitter.com/DOMINATESANCHEZ DOMIN8

    Ur current 32 y/o knees w/ ur-don’t-even-matter-who’s-n-the-paint-or-how-far-away-I-I’am-I’m-dunking-it-on-ur-ass-25 y/o-knees

  • LC09

    happy birthday KOBE!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my mom as well..its weird n cool that my mom n kobe share da same bday lol

  • Slammin’ Brown

    Feliz Cumpleanos Kobe! Buon Compleanno!

  • kobefinalmvp2011

    happy birthday black mamaba hope ur bday wish is for another ring this season man ahahahha

  • tradesasha

    happy 32nd birthday kobe! Hope ur working hard for this 3peat run coming up this year! Let go LAKERS!

  • lakers2000

    Happy birthday champ! That’s right Laffs atu, champ. I hope kobe is preparing to deal with showing everyone once again why he is the champ. Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack Y. Web Designs

    Happy Birthday Kobe!

  • http://www.richardsonshops.com RockitD

    Happy Birthday, Kobe!!!! You have made this game for me. Even though I grew up on Showtime, it wasn’t until your era that I sat glued to every game. What is this guy gonna do next? Here’s to championship #6, the 3peat, and even more record breaking for the ’10-11 season. Blessings, bro!

  • 6’9

    Happy Birthday Kobe! and say hello to your beautiful wife for me(no disrespect!)

  • MB24

    This is poorly written. Go to journalism school or take a writing class.

    Nevertheless, Happy Birthday Black Mamba.

  • Nancy

    Happy Birthday, Kobe!!

  • JackieShannonLover

    Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe love you Black Mamba you are the best!!!

  • 4Lyfe

    Happy Birthday Kobe!! Hope you have an awesome one!

  • Los Lakers

    Feliz Cumpleanos Kobe!!!

  • Sal jimenez

    Happy b-day Kobe you r the man wish you the best b-day

  • kb24isthebest

    you make us laker fans VERYY proud! :DDDDD

  • bernzter

    Happy Birthday Kobe!!!
    Hope that you have a good one.

    Thanks for the memories and the determination and the everything, you are a good example to youngsters of the future…

    And for those people who love to just hate… keep hating because this fuels us to strive to be better… Keep hating and keep losing is what I would say…

    LA 4 life!

  • Showtime4eva

    Happy b-day mamba thanks for all you’ve done

  • http://politicalvindication.com Shane

    Kobe is a leader, no doubt. He’s also a champion five times over and all this talk about Lebron being some kind of king is pathetic. The cabal that is ESPN keeps trying to force the template on basketball fans but Bryant isn’t having any of it! It ain’t about Lebron or the Heat or even the Celtics, it’s about how many rings can Kobe fit on his fingers!

    BTW – in the first paragraph of this article Marwan writes about an “unwilling desire”. That’s a contradiction – desire is the will to have or do something, to have an unwilling desire is the NOT have the will to have or do something. There’s nothing unwilling about Kobe!

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      That was my mistake, thanks for the lookout sir.

  • Novel Marthin Soedira

    Happy 32nd Birthday Kobe Bryant The Lakers Leader (August 23, 1978)
    GBU KB#24……

  • Adam

    Happy BDAY KB! Have a great one! Can’t wait to see you play next season! Go Lakers!

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  • jasmin

    Love me or hate me; it’s one or the other. Always has been. Hate my game, my swagger. Hate my fade away, my hunger. Hate that I’m a veteran. A champion. Hate that. Hate it with all your heart. And hate that I’m loved for the exact same reasons. -K0BE BEAN BRYANT, A.K.A., “BLACK MAMBA”

    MVP, A.K.A., Envy Me

  • DRE84

    Hey ya’ll Laffs atu Got ethered by 6’9 that shit was hilarious when he told him he must wanna fuck Kobe or something.
    I swear he blog everyday about How much he hates kobe but offline he wears a pink LA jersey customized and on the back it says Mrs.Bryant

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    press one for english,you speakee english?5`3 try english.

    • DRE84

      Didn’t 6’9 rock you to sleep babygirl? Laughing at you haters stay in your lane you homo

  • KeepinItRealJohn

    Is it some rule where you don’t mention the person’s age past 30 years old, but instead just wish him or her a Happy Bday? hahah I was reading the article and there was no trace of his age lol But I guess from other posts above, he’s 32.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXUPC4RRO7IO7NEYIKZBCZ2NLA Rian Hangoma


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MXUPC4RRO7IO7NEYIKZBCZ2NLA Rian Hangoma

    Kobe 4 lyf!!!!!!!! no 1 compared to him hes da best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KOBE BEAN BRYANT a.k.a. BLACK MAMBA!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All da best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1