10 unknown facts about Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant was a famous American professional basketball player

He was born on 23 August 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

His father Joe Bryant was also a former NBA player and his mother was Pamela Cox Bryant

He spent his entire 20-year in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Los Angeles Lakers

He is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time in the world

He won the NBA Championship five times in his career

In 2008, he became the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a two-time NBA Finals MVP

He won gold medals for the US teams in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics

In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film for a short film titled "Dear Basketball"

He died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41 in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020