Kobe Bryant, who has been wearing the Los Angeles Lakers jersey for 20 years, has achieved numerous successes and records in his American Basketball League (NBA) career, which he announced to end at the end of the season.
Kobe Bean Bryant, who was constantly compared with the legendary player Michael Jordan, nicknamed “His Majesty”, who marked the 80s and 90s with his position, style of play, shots he shoots by pulling back, and most importantly, with his ambition to win, and who has 6 championships, Kobe Bean Bryant, He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Father Joe Bryant, who plays basketball in the NBA and Europe, named his only son after the famous steak of Kobe, Japan, which he loved so much.
Kobe, who met basketball at the age of 3, moved to Italy with his family at the age of 6 after his father was transferred to the Sebastiani Rieti team. Bryant, who learned Italian and Spanish here and went to the United States to play basketball in the summer, returned to his country in 1991 after his father left basketball.
Kobe Bryant, who attracted attention with his performance at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, was 17 when he decided to participate directly in the NBA audition without going to college. Selected 13th by Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 draft, Kobe’s rights were taken by the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he dreamed of playing since childhood in exchange for Serbian center Vlade Divac.
- From the spoiled rookie to the championship-winning all-star garda
At the age of 18, Bryant wore the Lakers jersey, earning the title of “the youngest basketball player in the NBA” until his record was broken by Jermaine O’Neal and Andrew Bynum.
In the Lakers, which added all-star center Shaquille O’Neal to its roster in the summer of 1996, Kobe, who chased time behind a top-of-the-line guard duo like Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel, won the 1996-97 season 7 He finished with an average of 6 points.
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Bryant, who was given sharp statements from time to time and his attitudes alternating between self-confidence and arrogance, started to mature at least in his second season. Bryant, who became one of the favorite names of the fans with his love to take responsibility in difficult moments and his spectacular movements, increased his number average to 15.4 in the 1997-98 season when he was the “youngest player to start the NBA All-Star match in the top 5”.
Like the Lakers, Bryant’s fate changed in the summer of 1999, when Phil Jackson, who won six championships with Michael Jordan, was appointed head coach. Kobe, who became one of the league’s elite shooting guards under Jackson, enjoyed the championship three times in 2000, 2001 and 2002 with the Lakers, driven by Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant averaged 22.5, 28.5, 25.2 points in the regular season and 21.1, 29.4 and 26.6 points in the playoffs during the championships.
Kobe Bryant, who was disturbed by the fact that his name was mentioned behind O’Neal and his problems with the star pivot were reflected in the press from time to time, started the 2002-03 season with a different motivation. Bryant, who scored 40 and above in 9 consecutive games in February, finished the season with 30 points, 6.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.2 steals per game. But the Lakers, the championship’s top candidate, lost the trophy to the San Antonio Spurs, who was defeated in the Western Conference semi-final.
The Lakers, who added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to his squad in the summer of 2003, when Bryant’s name was involved in the rape accusation, made it to the 2004 NBA final, but the Detroit Pistons won the championship for the third time after 1989 and 1990, beating the Lakers 4-1 before the final. .
- Made history with 81 issues
The 2004-05 season, in which coach Phil Jackson left the team and O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat for Lamar Odom, Caron Butler, Brian Grant, was the beginning of a new era for Bryant, who was eagerly anticipated about what he could do without O’Neal. The Lakers could not make it to the playoffs during the season Bryant played with 27.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6 assists.
Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant crossed paths once again in 2005-06. Bryant, who made a spectacular start to the season under Jackson management, sent 62 points in 3 quarters to the Dallas Mavericks pot in December.
Basketball fans witnessed history at the Lakers hosted the Toronto Raptors on January 22, 2006. Completing the match with 81 points, Bryant became “the 2nd highest scoring NBA player in a game” after Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in 1962. He also captured Elgin Baylor’s Lakers club record with 71 points. Kobe reached a career-high average of 35.4 points in the season when the Lakers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.
Nicknamed a venomous snake species “Black mamba” for his ruthlessness against rival defenses, Bryant took the scorer game to a different level in the 2006-07 season. Kobe, who scored 65, 50, 60 and 50 points respectively in March, made his name in history as “the second NBA player to score 50 and above in a row” after Chamberlain. The Lakers closed the season in which Bryant scored 50 and above 10 times, once again eliminated in the first round of the play-offs.
- Back to the championship years
The Lakers re-entered the championship team atmosphere in the 2007-08 season, when Spanish center Pau Gasol joined the team in the middle of the year. The Lakers made it to the NBA final in the season when Bryant was chosen the most valuable player of the regular season (MVP) for the first time in his career, with averages of 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists. But Kevin Garnett gave 4-2 to the Boston Celtics, which included Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo.
Kobe took his team to the finals in the 2008-09 season, after the year he made his debut without O’Neal. After defeating the Orlando Magic 4-1, of which Hidayet Türkoğlu is also among the important pieces, the Lakers reached the top of the NBA 7 years later. Kobe was named MVP of the final series for the first time in his career.
The Lakers took the rematch with a score of 4-3 from the Celtics, who lost the final two years ago in the 2009-10 season. Bryant, who was chosen MVP of the final series one after another, put on his 5th championship ring and gave the best answer to those who doubted him.
- Years of injury and effort to catch Jordan
Kobe Bryant, who wanted to beat the championship number of 6 championships of his idol and constantly compared Michael Jordan, could not see beyond the Western Conference semi-finals in the next 2 seasons. The Mavericks in the 2010-11 season and the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook the following year didn’t let Kobe’s dream come true.
The Lakers, who were shown as championship favorites when they added Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to the squad in the summer of 2012, could not perform the expected game. Kobe made history as “the first NBA player to reach these numbers at the same time in 5 statistics” in a game with 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals on April 10, 2013.
Bryant, who dragged his team with 27.3 points, 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game, closed the season due to the rupture in the left achilles tendon during the Golden State Warriors match, which he started 2 days later, and was away from basketball for 8 months.
The experienced player, who got his jersey again in the 2013-2014 season, closed the season on December 18, 2013, due to a crack in his left knee after 6 games.
In the Minnesota Timberwolves match on December 14, 2014, Kobe beat Michael Jordan, who had 32 thousand 292 points in his career, after Kerim Abdülcabbar (38 thousand 387) and Karl Malone (36 thousand 928), “the third top scorer in the NBA history” happened.
Kobe Bryant could not play for the rest of the 2014-15 season due to a tear in his right shoulder muscle group on January 22. Kobe played averages of 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 35 games in the 2014-15 season.
- Kobe’s career milestones
Kobe Bryant, who won 5 championships with the Lakers, was chosen 17 times all-star, received the MVP of the regular season in 2008 and the final series in 2009 and 2010, and won the gold medal in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics with the USA National Team. Here are some memorable records and milestones from his career:
-The third top scorer in the NBA history after Kerim Abdulcabbar and Karl Malone *
The only player in NBA history to pass the 30 thousand points and 6 thousand assists threshold
Longest wearing jersey of an NBA team: 20 seasons (Los Angeles Lakers)
- 2nd most points NBA player in a match: 81 points
-The number of matches in which he scored over 40 points during his career: 134 (5 games over 60 points, 25 games over 50 points or more)
-NBA point king: 2006 (35.4) and 2007 (31.6)
-NBA All-Star match MVP: 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2011
-The player who scored a maximum of 3 points in a match: 12
Most scoring player in NBA All-Star matches: 280 points
Youngest player to start an NBA game in the top 5: 18 years old, 158 days
Youngest player in the top 5 in the NBA All-Star match: 19 years, 169 days
JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: “He should take his time”
The Dallas Mavericks grabbed a small deal with New Orleans JJ Redick. The sniper is injured, however, it remains unclear when the veteran can intervene.
As the Mavs announced, JJ Redick is not yet with the team, but is doing his rehab individually after Redick received conservative treatment on the heel after the All-Star Break.
Dallas had acquired the 36-year-old as a package with ex-Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli from New Orleans, in return the forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu as well as a second round pick and some cash in the Big Easy changed.
“We want to make sure the heel is at 100 percent,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson. “He should take his time and if he feels comfortable, he can come to Dallas and be integrated.” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the heel was making progress but he didn’t know when Redick would join the team.
Dallas sees JJ Redick as an important piece of the puzzle for the playoffs. The Shooting Guard has played more playoff games (110) than the rest of the Mavs roster. Over the season, Redick posted an average of 8.7 points with a three-way quota of around 36 percent.
However, the trade came as a bit of a surprise, with many anticipating a buyout from Redick. The Brooklyn Nets would have been the favorite, also because the Shooting Guard lives with his family in Brooklyn.
“He would have liked to have chosen his team himself, but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Nelson. “He told me that Luka (Doncic, editor’s note) was one of his favorite players and Luka has already written with him. Dirk (Nowitzki, editor’s note) has already done that too. I think that JJ is happy to be in Dallas. “
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.
Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105
James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.
LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.
With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.
Bron’s got the spin and his teammates got his back 👏 pic.twitter.com/LuUUDaZME1— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2021
Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.
The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.
The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.
Knicks legend Patrick Ewing has to identify himself: “Thought that was my hall”
“I thought that was my hall,” said the 58-year-old: “It’s terrible that I’m stopped, spoken to and asked for ID.”
Patrick Ewing was the coach of Georgetown Hoyas in New York, his college team beat the Villanova Wildcats 72:71. But after the game Ewing was occupied with something completely different. “Everyone in this arena has to fucking know who I am. But I’m being stopped, I can’t move freely. I just thought, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this really Madison Square Garden?'” Ewing said.
The former center played for the Knicks for 15 years and was elected all-star eleven times. He was twice in the finals with the franchise (1994, 1999), his jersey number 33 has not been awarded since 2003. So he wanted to get in touch with James Dolan, Knicks owner and manager of Madison Square Garden. “I guess I’ll have to call Mr. Dolan and ask, ‘Jesus, is my number under the roof or what?'”