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Kobe Bryant


1978 Born on August 23 in Philadelphia, PA
1984 Moves with family to Rieti, Italy
1991 Moves back to United States; attends high school in Lower Merion, PA
1996 Leads Lower Merion High School to Class AAAA state championships
1996 Selected by Charlotte Hornets in NBA draft; traded to Los Angeles Lakers
1996 Becomes youngest player to debut in an NBA game
1998 Becomes youngest player to appear in an NBA All-Star game
1999 Signs six-year contract extension with Lakers, valued at about $71 million
2000 Helps Lakers to NBA Championship title
2000 Releases rap single K.O.B.E. (Sony Records)
2001 Helps Lakers to second consecutive NBA Championship title
2001 Marries Vanessa Laine
2002 Helps Lakers to third consecutive NBA Championship title

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