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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : KOBE BRYANT AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKET BALL PLAYER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

Kobe Bean Bryant - born on 23rd 1978, nicknamed the " Black Mamba "  is an African American Professional Basket Ball Player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the NBA directly from High School and has played for the Lakers his entire career, winning five NBA championship. Bryant is a 15 time All Star, 14 time member of the All NBA Team and 12 time member of the All Defensive Team.  As of June 2012 he ranks  third and fifth on the league's all time post season scoring and all time regular season scoring list respectively. Bryant enjoyed a successful High School at Lower Merion High School were he was recognized as the top High School Basketball Player in the country. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduating and was selected with 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets then traded to Los Angeles Lakers.

As a rookie Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high flyer and a fans favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.  Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O'Neals  traded from Lakers after the   2003 - 2004 season. Following O'Neals departure Bryant became the cornerstone of the of the Los Angeles Franchise.