He is a professional American basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the thirteenth overall pick in the 1996, and was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 slam dunk contest. Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000-2002, and their loss in the 2004 NBA finals led to O'Neal's departure from the team, in the following the 2003-2004 season.
He is 6’11” tall; He comes armed with a 7’6” wingspan and a 40” vertical (“nba.com”). Shaq on the other hand is 7’1” tall; He has a 7’7” wingspan and a 32” vertical leap (“Players”). Dwight Howard was the youngest player ever to 7,000 rebounds (“Latest Headlines-NBA news”). Howard accomplished this at the young age of twenty-five years and eighty-three days. At this pace he will easily amass Shaq’s career total of 13,089 rebounds before he is finished (“Players”).
Michael Jordan had a remarkable beginning when joining the draft because he excelled in basketball in college and in the Olympics in 1984. Nike found this an opportunity to market Michael Jordan since Nike had a hard time entering the basketball industry. From the success from the shoe, the shoe collectors, who bought sold and traded these shoes, Air Jordans expanded over time to different outlets, such as clothing, hats, key chains, phone cases etc. and was recognized as the best basketball brand known to man. Throughout the course of twenty-six years Air Jordans has over 100 different styles of shoes and color schemes and has dominated the sneaker market.
Rebound. Thousands of fans decked out in colorful jerseys and hats cheer on their favorite team. Kobe Bean Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron Raymone James of the Miami Heat are the two stars that basketball fans love to watch. They are arguably the two most dominant basketball players in the NBA today. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are two of the greatest, yet very different, basketball players to play in the National Basketball Association.
Bryant moved from the United States to Europe where his father decided to leave the NBA, but continue to play professional basketball overseas. Bryant’s grandfather would send video recordings of the basketball games here in the U.S. for him to study the game. At a young age Kobe developed a love for the game, and decided his favorite team was the Los Angeles Lakers. He also liked other sports such as soccer, and would’ve loved to become a professional player in Italy. During his teenage years his family moved back to the states where he pursued his love for basketball in high
James and Bryant are extremely great basketball players who have some challenges yet also excelled in different ways. LeBron James was born in Akron, Ohio on December 30, 1984. He was the only child of Gloria James, who gave birth to him when she was only sixteen years old. Gloria struggled to provide for LeBron and this caused them to move several times during his childhood. LeBron lived with a foster family for a couple years during
Spoiled: The Best Two Basketball Players of All Time The sport of basketball was created over a hundred years ago in the year 1891 by Dr. James Naismith at a YMCA where they used peach baskets and soccer balls. Over the past century, basketball has evolved into one of the most popular sports in the world and it has given us some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. We have seen plenty of great players over the years, like Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Wilt Chamberlain, but in my opinion the two best basketball players ever to play the game are Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. Watching them play basketball is like watching poetry in motion! I just can not get enough!
Tracy Lamar McGrady, Jr.(T-Mac) (born May 24, 1979) was an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Qingdao Eagles of the Chinese Basketball Association(CBA). Entering the NBA after graduating from high school, McGrady eventually became a seven-time All-Star. He led the league in scoring in 2003 and 2004. McGrady was ranked on SLAM Magazine's "Top 75 Players of All-Time" in 2003. McGrady was drafted ninth overall in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
His electrifying senior season earned him accolades such as McDonald's All-American and North Carolina's Mr. Basketball to name a couple (JockBio). In the McDonald's All-American game, Paul was teammates with the teenage phenomenon LeBron James. Chris Paul showed the world what type of player he was going to be, collecting ten assists and playing to get his teammates in position to score (Wake Forest: Men's Basketball). His pass-first approach to the game was special in itself, but what separated him as a superstar was his ability to score, as well as see the floor as arguably the best passer on the floor at all times. CP3 is notorious for manufacturing baskets when there seems to be no holes in the defense.
He was once one of the most reviled athletes in the entire country. Accused of rape and severely criticized by former teammates, especially Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant faced obstacles and challenges that would have forced many to give in and give up. However, the perseverance that Bryant has shown by rebuilding his image and his team, the Los Angeles Lakers, has transformed him into a champion on the court and in life as well. The Lakers recently captured their 16th NBA championship and fifth with Kobe Bryant as its star shooting guard. “It’s so tough to win a championship, to have to start over from scratch,” said Bryant.