Kobe Bryant, shooting guard for the LA Lakers, was picked 13thoverall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets and then was traded to the LA Lakers. In 1997 he was a fan favorite and won the Slam Dunk Contest. Kobe Bryant teamed with Shaquille O’Neal to lead the Lakers to three NBA championships in a row from 2000-2002.
In the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, he led the NBA in scoring and was awarded the MVP for the 2007-2008 seasons. Kobe led the Lakers to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010 and both years, won the NBA Finals MVP.
For his notable accomplishments, he ranks third and sixth on the league’s all time post season scoring and all time regular season scoring lists and all time leading scorer in LA Lakers franchise history. He has won All-Star MVP four times, fifteen time member of the All-NBA team and twelve times All Defensive team and the youngest player ever to receive defensive honors. He was also a part of the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist team and a member of the USA National team. In 2000, Sporting News and TNT named Kobe Bryant the NBA Player of the Decade.
In the 2011 season, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to score 27,000 points. Due to a shoulder injury Kobe had to undergo a season ending surgery for the 2014-2015 season and hopes to return for the 2015-2016 season.
Kobe has endorsed Adidas, Nike, Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds, Spaldings, Upper Deck, Ferrero SpA’s, Nutella, Russell Corporation, Nintendo and Turkish Airlines. Forbes 2013 listed Kobe as the fifth highest paid athlete. He is also an official ambassador for After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization providing after-school programs to children in thirteen U.S cities. A year after his contract ended with Adidas, Kobe signed a contract with Nike and he now has his own line of footwear and apparel. Kobe is available for fundraisers, golf outings and sporting events.