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2013-14 SEASON:
Appeared in six games (all starts) for the Lakers in his 18th NBA season, averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocks in 29.5 minutes... Scored 9 points (5-7 FT), grabbed 8 rebounds and handed out 4 assists in first game back after Achilles surgery 12/8 vs. TOR… Tallied 20 points (6-11 FG; 8-8 FT) and 3 assists 12/10 vs. PHX … Handed out 13 assists to go with 4 points 12/13 at OKC … Recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists 12/14 at CHA … Put up 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists 12/17 at MEM … Suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee on 12/17 at MEM, sidelined for the remainder of the season.... Had 20+ points in three of six games played.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-13: All-NBA First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in 78 games (78 starts), averaging 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.36 steals in 38.6 minutes ... Recorded two triple-doubles and 16 double-doubles ... Scored 30+ points 35 times (8 40+ point games ... Ranked among league leaders in scoring (3rd/27.3), assists (22nd/6.0), FT% (30th/.839), steals (29th/1.36) and minutes (2nd/38.6) ... Led NBA in All-Star balloting (3rd time) and all WC players for 6th straight year ... WC Player of the Month (February) ... Three-time WC Player of the Week (2/24/13, 3/10/13, 4/14/13) ... Scored 40 points while passing Magic Johnson (1,724) as franchise leader in steals 11/2 vs. LA Clippers ... Recorded 18th career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists 11/18 vs. Houston ... Totaled 40 points and 10 rebounds 11/27 vs. Indiana ... Became 5th and youngest player in NBA history to 30,000 points 12/5 at New Orleans ... Scored 42 points 12/11 at Cleveland ... Scored 40 points 12/26 at Denver ... Tallied 38 points and a season-high five steals 1/4 at LA Clippers ... Recorded 14 points, nine rebounds and a season- high 14 assists 1/25 vs. Utah ... Posted 21 points, nine rebounds and a season-high 14 assists 1/27 vs. Oklahoma City ... Scored 40 points 2/22 vs. Portland ... Scored 34 points including game-winning lay-up with 9.0 seconds 3/3 vs. Atlanta ... Posted 42 points, 12 assists and 7 rebounds 3/6 at New Orleans ... Posted 41 points and 12 assists 2/8 vs. Toronto ... Totaled 19 points, nine rebounds and a season-high 14 assists while passing Wilt Chamberlain (31, 419) for 4th on NBA all-time scoring list 3/30 at Sacramento ... Recorded 19th career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists 4/2 vs. Dallas ... Posted a season-high 47 points (14-27 FG, 18-18 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and four blocks 4/10 at Portland ... Missed two games with a severely sprained left ankle and two games with a torn left Achilles tendon.

2011-12: Appeared in 58 games (58 starts), averaging 27.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.19 steals and 0.31 blocks in 38.5 minutes ... Recorded three double-doubles ... Scored 30+ points 24 times including five 40+ point games ... Led team in points 43 times, rebounds twice, assists 23 times, steals 26 times and blocks six times ... Ranked among league leaders in scoring (2nd/27.9), assists (25th/4.6), FT% (28th/.845), steals (31st/1.19) and minutes (4th/38.5) ... Led all Western Conference players in All-Star balloting for 5th straight year (named starter for 14th time) ... WC Player of the Month for December/January 2012 ... Named WC Player of the Week twice (1/8/12 & 1/15/12) ... Finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high nine assists 12/31 vs. Denver ... Became youngest player to 28,000 points in NBA history 1/1 at Denver ... Posted 26 points and a season-high tying nine assists 1/8 vs. Memphis ... Scored a season-high 48 points (18-31 FG, 12-13 FT) 1/10 vs. Phoenix ... Scored 40 points (14-31 FG) 1/11 at Utah ... Scored 42 points (15-31 FG) 1/13 vs. Cleveland ... Scored 42 points (14-28 FG) 1/14 at LA Clippers ... Posted 27 points, eight rebounds and a season-high tying nine assists while becoming franchise leader in FTM 1/28 at Milwaukee ... Totaled 35 points and a season-high 14 rebounds while becoming franchise leader in FGM 1/29 at Minnesota ... Moved into 5th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list 2/6 at Philadelphia ... Posted 34 points and 10 rebounds 2/10 at New York ... Connected on game-winning jumper with 4.8 seconds left 2/12 at Toronto ... Scored 34 points while becoming the youngest player to 29,000 points in NBA history 3/9 at Minnesota ... Scored 40 points (16-28 FG) 4/1 vs. Golden State ... Missed seven games (4/7-4/18) with tenosynovitis (left shin) as well as the season finale 4/26 at Sacramento (rest) ... In 12 playoff games, averaged 30.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.33 steals in 39.7 minutes ... Totaled 43 points, six rebounds and five assists 5/8 vs. Denver ... Scored 42 points (18-33 FG) 5/21 at Oklahoma City.

2010-11: All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Western Conference All-Star (starter) ... Appeared in all 82 games (82 starts), averaging 25.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.21 steals in 33.9 minutes ... Recorded nine double-doubles and one triple-double ... Scored 30+ points 23 times and 40+ points three times ... Led team in points 61 times, rebounds once and assists 39 times ... Ranked among league leaders in points (5th/25.3), assists (31st/4.7) and steals (28th/1.21) ... Led all players in All-Star balloting for 2nd time in career (2003) and earned 4th All-Star MVP award with 37 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and three steals 2/21 ... Western Conference Player of the Month (March) ... Western Conference Player of the Week (3/27/11) ... Recorded 17th career triple-double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists) 11/3 at Sacramento ... Scored 34 points (youngest player in NBA history to 26,000 points) 11/11 at Denver ... Scored 41 points 11/18 vs. Indiana ... Scored 41 points (youngest player in NBA history to 27,000 points) 1/30 vs. Boston ... Totaled a season-high 42 points, a season-high tying 12 rebounds and nine assists 3/22 vs. Phoenix ... Scored 30 points and became franchise leader in games played 3/27 vs. New Orleans ... In 10 playoff games, averaged 22.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.60 steals in 35.4 minutes.

2009-10: NBA Finals Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Named a starter in the 59th NBA All-Star Game ... Appeared in 73 games (73 starts), averaging 27.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.55 steals in 38.8 minutes … Recorded six double-doubles … Scored 30+ points 29 times and 40+ points eight times … Led team in points 53 times, rebounds three times, assists 37 times, steals 28 times, blocks 10 times and minutes 32 times … Ranked among league leaders in points (4th/27.0), assists (24th/5.0), steals (13th/1.55) and minutes (7th/38.8) … Named WC Player of the Month for December … Named WC Player of the Week three times … Hit six game-winning FG, most of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (FGM in last 10 seconds of 4th quarter or overtime) … Totaled 41 points and season-high tying five steals 11/1 vs. Atlanta ... Posted 100th career 40+ point game (40 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) 11/17 vs. Detroit … Scored 33 points while hitting game winning last-second 3FG 12/4 vs. Miami … Scored 39 points, including a game-winning buzzer beater in OT 12/16 at Milwaukee … Finished with a season-high tying 44 points and 11 assists 12/29 vs. Golden State … Scored 39 points, including a game winning last-second 3FG 1/1 vs. Sacramento … Scored 31 points to become the youngest player in NBA history to 25,000 points 1/21 at Cleveland … Posted 27 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and nine assists 1/24 at Toronto … Scored game-winning FG with 7.3 seconds left 1/31 at Boston … Became Lakers all-time leading scorer with a season-high tying 44 points 2/1 at Memphis … Connected on game-winning 3FG with 4.3 seconds left 2/23 at Memphis … Made sixth game-winning FG of the year with 1.9 seconds left 3/9 vs. Toronto … Recorded a season-high 13 assists 3/19 vs. Minnesota … Moved into 12th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list 3/24 at San Antonio, passing Alex English ... Missed 5 games (2/6 - 2/18) with a sprained left ankle, 2 games (4/8-4/9) with right knee swelling and 2 games (4/13-4/14) with an avulsion fracture (right index finger) ... Averaged 29.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.35 steals in 23 playoff games ... In the playoffs, scored 30+ points 14 times including one 40+ point game.

2008-09: NBA Finals Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... NBA All Defensive First Team ... Named a starter in the 58th NBA All-Star Game ... All-Star Game Co-MVP ... Appeared in 82 games (82 starts), averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.46 steals in 36.1 minutes ... Recorded 10 double-doubles on the year, including 2 triple-doubles … Scored 30+ points 27 times, 40+ points four times and 60+ points once… Recorded five 10+ rebound games and five 10+ assist games … Led team in scoring 63 times, in rebounds seven times, in assists 37 times, in steals 21 times and in blocks on 15 occasions … Ranked among league leaders in points (3rd/26.8), assists (26th/4.9), FT% (26th/.856), steals (12th/1.46) and minutes (37th/36.1) … Earned three WC Player of the Week awards … WC Player of the Month for December … Totaled 36 points and a season-high 13 assists 1/9 vs. Indiana … Recorded 15th career triple-double with 28 points, a season-high 13 rebounds and 11 assists 1/16 vs. Orlando … Posted 16th career triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists 1/21 at LA Clippers … WC Player of the Month Award for January … Totaled an NBA season-high 61 points (19-31 FG, 20-20 FT) in 37 minutes 2/2 at New York establishing a new MSG record for points scored … Passed Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and 3rd all-time in franchise history ... Totaled 49 points and 11 rebounds 3/1 at Phoenix … Passed Charles Barkley for 17th on NBA’s all-time scoring list 4/10 at Portland ... In 23 playoff games, averaged 30.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.65 steals and 0.91 blocks in 40.9 minutes ... Scored an NBA Finals career-high 40 points 6/4 vs. Orlando.

2007-08: NBA Most Valuable Player ... All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Named a starter in the 57th NBA All-Star Game ... Averaged 28.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.84 steals in 82 games ... Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/28.3), assists (19th/5.4), FT% (29th/.840), steals (9th/1.84) and minutes (10th/38.9 ) … Recorded 20 double-doubles on the year (15 points/rebounds, five points/assists) … Scored 40+ points seven times ... Led team in scoring 65 times, in rebounds 10 times and in assists on 46 occasions … Scored 45 points while attempting a career-high 27 free throws 10/30 vs. Houston … Tallied 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while becoming youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points 12/23 at New York … Connected on 1,000th career 3-point FG (44th player in NBA history) 1/13 vs. Memphis … Scored 48 points 1/14 at Seattle … Tallied 40 points and 10 rebounds 1/25 at Dallas… Scored 46 points 2/1 at Toronto … Converted 51 consecutive free throws from 2/10 at Miami thru 2/20 at Phoenix, the 2nd longest streak in franchise history (62 - Bryant) … Scored 52 points including a career-high tying 27 FTA and grabbed 11 rebounds 3/2 vs. Dallas … Scored 34 points 3/4 at Sacramento, becoming 25th player in NBA history to score 21,000 points, 2nd youngest and 12th fastest to do so … Grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds 3/23 vs. Golden State … Scored an NBA season-high 53 points (9-of-17 3FG) while adding 10 rebounds 3/28 vs. Memphis … Handed out a season-high 13 assists 3/30 vs. Washington … Handed out his 4,000th career assist 4/15 vs. SAC - 16th player in NBA history with 21,000 points and 4,000 assists (3rd Laker with 4,000 career assists) ... Averaged 30.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 21 playoff games.

2006-07: All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Named a starter in the 56th NBA All-Star Game ... Averaged 31.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.44 steals in 77 games ... Ranked among league leaders in points (1st/31.6), assists (20th/5.4), FT% (12th/.868), steals (17th/1.44) and minutes (4th/40.8) … Recorded 10 double-doubles … Led team in scoring 70 times, in rebounds 14 times and in assists on 45 occasions … Scored 52 points including a franchise record-tying 30 points in the 3rd quarter (4th highest scoring quarter in NBA history) 11/30 vs. Utah … Posted 53 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a career-high 54 tying minutes 12/15 vs. Houston … Scored 58 points in a career-high 54 tying minutes 12/29 @ Charlotte … Became youngest player to reach 18,000 points in NBA history (16h fastest) with 32 points 1/26 vs. Charlotte… Earned 2007 NBA All-Star MVP Award 2/19 (31 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals) … Scored 35 points including a franchise record for FTM in a quarter (14) while tying a franchise mark for FTA in a quarter (15) 2/26 at Utah … Totaled 40 points and a season-high 13 rebounds 3/6 at Minnesota … Scored a season-high 65 points (23-of-39 FG, 8 3FGM) 3/16 vs. Portland … Scored 50 points 3/18 vs. Minnesota (1st player since Chamberlain (1963) to post 60-point/50-point games back-to-back) … Scored 60 points 3/22 at Memphis (Chamberlain, Baylor and Jordan only other players to score 50 points in 3-straight games) … Scored 50 points 3/23 at NO/Oklahoma City (2nd player in NBA history to record 4-straight 50-point games) … Scored 53 points 3/30 vs. Houston (1st player since Michael Jordan (8) in 1986-87 to post eight 50-point games in a season) … Handed out a season-high 13 assists 4/1 vs. Sacramento ... Became youngest player to reach 19,000 points in NBA history (15th fastest) with 39 points 4/3 vs. Denver … Scored 50 points 4/12 vs. LA Clippers … Recorded 10th 50-point game of season with 50 points 4/15 vs. Seattle (3rd highest single-season total in NBA history behind Chamberlain’s totals of 45 and 30) … Missed two games recovering from right knee surgery (10/31 - 11/1), one game with a sprained right ankle (12/8) and two games due to NBA suspension ... Averaged 32.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists in five playoff games.

2005-06: All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Named a starter in the 55th NBA All-Star Game ... Averaged a career-high 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.84 steals in 80 games ... Ranked among league leaders in scoring (1st/35.4), assists (32nd/4.5), FT % (15th/.850), steals (9th/1.84) and minutes (4th/41.0) … Averaged 35.4 points per game (8th highest scoring average of all-time) ... Passed Bob McAdoo for 7th greatest scoring season of all-time (2,832 points) ... Led team in scoring 75 times ... Posted a franchise record 27 40-plus point games and six 50-plus point games ... Led team in assists 28 times and in rebounds six times ... Posted four double-doubles ... Connected on a game-winning 23-foot jumper with 0.6 seconds in overtime 11/2 at Denver … Scored 46 points including 38 in 2nd half 11/27 vs. New Jersey … Scored a 62 points in 33 minutes on 18-of-31 shooting including 22-of-25 free throws while establishing a franchise record 30 points in the 3rd quarter 12/20 vs. Dallas … Missed home and away games 1/1 and 1/3 vs. Utah due to league suspension ... Recorded 48 points and a season-high tying 10 rebounds while setting a franchise record for 3-point field goals without a miss (7-of-7) 1/6 vs. Philadelphia … Tallied 50 points (40 in 2nd half) 1/7 at LA Clippers … Recorded his 4th straight game of 45-plus points with 45 points and a season-high tying 10 rebounds 1/9 vs. Indiana (1st player since Chamberlain in November of 1964 and 3rd player ever (Baylor) to do so) … Over 7-game span from 1/11 -1/22, connected on a franchise record 62 consecutive free-throws ... Scored 51 points 1/19 at Sacramento … Scored a career-high 81 points (55 in 2nd half) on 28-of-46 shooting from the field 1/22 vs. Toronto, the 2nd highest game (81) and half (55) point totals in NBA history … Tallied 40 points while tying a Lakers record with 23 free throws made 1/31 @ New York … Posted a career-high seven steals including a team record-tying six steals in the 1st half 2/13 vs. Utah … Handed out a season-high 11 assists 3/17 at New Jersey … Eclipsed Elgin Baylor’s previous franchise mark with 24th 40-plus point game (42) 4/6 at Denver … Scored 51 points 4/7 at Phoenix … Scored 50 points 4/14 vs. Portland, establishing a new Lakers single-season record for points ... In seven postseason games, averaged 27.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists ... Tallied 50 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 52 minutes 5/4 vs. Phoenix.

2004-05: All-NBA Third Team ... Named a starter in the 54th NBA All-Star game ... Appeared in 66 games, averaging 27.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.0 assists ... Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/27.6), minutes (5th/40.7), double-doubles (37th/18) and triple-doubles (2nd/5) … Registered 10 40-plus point games while leading the team in scoring on 50 occasions and in assists 41 times … Posted a season-high five steals 11/17 vs. LA Clippers … Posted a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists 11/19 at Phoenix … Registered a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists 12/3 vs. Golden State … Recorded his 2nd straight triple-double with 20 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and 11 assists 12/8 vs. Phoenix … Recorded 4th triple-double of the season with 36 points, a season-high 14 assists and 10 rebounds 12/17 vs. Washington … Posted a season-high 48 points 12/28 vs. Toronto … Placed on injured list 1/15 (severe sprain, right ankle) … Activated from injured list 2/13 … Connected on 43 consecutive free throw attempts from 3/4 vs. Dallas - 3/10 at Dallas … Scored 43 points (season-high nine 3-point field goals) 3/22 at Utah … Tallied 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists (14th career triple-double) 4/7 vs. Houston.

2003-04: All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Appeared in 65 games, averaging 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37.6 minutes ... Ranked among league leaders in points (4th/24.0), free throw percentage (18th/.852) and minutes (23rd/37.6) ... Recorded 9th career triple-double with 29 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and 10 assists 2/28 at Washington ... Tallied a season-high 13 assists 3/3 at Houston ... Tallied a season-high 45 points while connecting on a season-high 17 free throws 4/13 vs. Golden State ... Tallied 37 points including a pair of threes at the end of the game, the first sending it to overtime, the second with no time remaining to win the game in double-overtime and clinch the Pacific Division title ... Named a starter in the 53rd NBA All-Star game ... Named Western Conference Player of the Week twice (weeks of 3/22/04 and 2/17/04) and Western Conference Player of the Month for March ... Led the team in scoring 38 times, in assists 29 times and in rebounds seven times ... Posted 10 double-doubles ... Scored 40-plus points three times and 30-plus points on 16 occasions ... Averaged 24.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 22 postseason games ... Tallied 42 points 5/11 vs. San Antonio ... Recorded a postseason career-high five steals 4/17 vs. Houston.

2002-03: All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive First Team ... Appeared in 82 games, averaging 30.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 41.5 minutes ... Recorded 9th consecutive 40+ point game and 13th consecutive 35+ point game 2/23 vs. Seattle (41 points) … Recorded 5th triple-double of the season (21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) 1/10 vs. Cleveland … Set an NBA record with 12 3-pointers 1/7 vs. Seattle … Tied an NBA record with eight 3-point field goals in a half 3/28 vs. Washington … Scored an NBA season-high 55 points 3/28 vs. Washington … Ranked among league leaders in points (2nd/30.0), rebounds (35th/6.9), assists (14th/5.9), 3-point field goal percentage (27th/.383), free throw percentage 25th/.843), steals (6th/2.21), minutes played (4th/41.5), double-doubles (21st/23) and triple-doubles (2nd/5) ... Scored 10,000th career point 3/5 vs. Indiana ... Tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists at the 2003 All-Star Game in Atlanta ... Named Western Conference Player of the Week five times ... Named Western Conference Player of the Month for January ... By averaging 40.6 points in the month of February, became only the 3rd player in NBA history to average 40 or more points in a month ... Averaged 32.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 12 postseason games.

2001-02: All-NBA First Team ... All Defensive Second Team ... Appeared in 80 games, averaging 25.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 38.3 minutes … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (6th/25.2), assists (19th/5.5), field goal percentage (34th/.469), free throw percentage (35th/.829), steals (27th/1.48) and minutes played (20th/38.3) … Served a two-game suspension for fighting (3/3,3/5) … Led or tied for the team lead in assists 48 times ... Recorded 3rd career triple-double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists 2/12 vs. Washington … Was named MVP of the 2002 NBA All-Star Game (31 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) ... Voted a starter on the Western Conference All-Star team ... Earned Western Conference Player of the Week honors twice ... Earned Western Conference Player of the Month honors for November … Scored 56 points in only three quarters of play 1/14 vs. Memphis, including 36 points in the first half ... Was ejected after receiving two technical fouls 11/23 vs. Golden State … Grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds 11/21 @ Denver … Averaged 26.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 19 postseason games … Led team in scoring 10 times … Scored game-winning basket with 5.1 seconds left 5/12 at San Antonio.

2000-01: Appeared in 68 games, averaging 28.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 40.9 minutes … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (4th), field goal percentage (.464/37th), free throw percentage (.853/18th), and minutes played (40.9/7th) … Registered 10 double-doubles including two triple-doubles … Tallied 44 points, nine rebounds and a career-high-tying five blocks 2/2 vs. Charlotte … Scored 47 points including a franchise and career-high tying 23 free throws made (23-26) 1/30 at Cleveland … Set a franchise record (FT in a half) with 17 FTM in the 2nd half 1/30 at Cleveland … Tallied first career triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 11 assists 1/15 vs. Vancouver … Named NBA Player of the Month for December ... Ejected for first time in his career after receiving two technical fouls 12/20 at LA Clippers … Named NBA Player of the Week for games ending 12/24 … Scored 30+ points in 24 games, 35+ in 15 games and 40+ on six occasions … Scored 51 points 12/6 @ Golden State … Recorded a season-high six steals 4/10 vs. Phoenix … Missed 14 games due to various injuries (9 games - sore left foot; 2 games - viral infection; 3 games - moderately sprained right ankle) ... Appeared in 16 postseason games, averaging 29.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 43.4 minutes … Totaled 48 points and 16 rebounds including 16-of-17 FT 5/13 at Sacramento.

1999-2000: Appeared in 66 games, averaging 22.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 38.2 minutes … Named NBA Player of the Week for games played from April 10-16 … Ranked among league leaders in scoring (12th), free throw percentage (33rd), minutes played (16th) and field goal percentage (39th) … Registered 12 double-doubles … Scored 30+ points on eight occasions and led the team in scoring 18 times … Saw first action of the season 12/1 vs. Golden State, tallying 19 points and six rebounds … Activated from the injured list on 12/1 … Placed on the injured list 11/1/99 with a broken right hand, missing the first 15 games of the season ... Played in 22 of the team’s 23 postseason games, averaging 21.1 points … DNP 6/11 at Indiana (sprained left ankle) … Converted game-winning basket with 2.9 seconds remaining 5/10 vs. Phoenix.

1998-99: Appeared in each of the team’s 50 games, averaging 19.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 37.9 minutes … Led team in scoring 11 times … Scored 38 points, with 33 coming in the second half, 3/21 at Orlando … Registered a season-high six steals 4/7 vs. Sacramento … Was the only Laker to start every contest ... Averaged 19.8 points in eight playoff games (2nd on team in scoring).

1997-98: Appeared in 79 games, averaging 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.0 minutes … Highest scoring non-starter in the NBA and highest scoring reserve in Los Angeles franchise history (fewer than 10 starts) … Scored 27 points 12/12 vs. Houston (totaled in a span of 12:47 in the 3rd and 4th quarters … Scored in double-figures 65 times ... Averaged 8.7 points and 1.9 rebounds, appearing in 11-of-13 playoff games.

1996-97: Appeared in 71 games, averaging 7.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.5 minutes ... Scored in double-figures 25 times and led the team in scoring twice ... Started six games ... Missed first game of the regular season with a strained hip flexor ... DNP-CD nine times ... Appeared in each of the team’s nine playoff games, averaging 8.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes ... Scored 22 points in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round vs. Portland, the most points for a Los Angeles rookie in the postseason since May 18, 1984 (Byron Scot 26 at PHX).

HIGH SCHOOL:
Elected to enter the NBA directly from high school (Lower Merion HS, Ardmore, PA), becoming the first-ever player in Los Angeles franchise history to make this transition … Became the 27th player to make the jump from high school to the NBA and one of two players to do so in the 1996 NBA Draft (Jermaine O’Neal) … Concluded his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in Southeastern Pennsylvania history (2,883 points), surpassing the marks established by Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain (2,359) and Carlin Warley (2,441) … Earned USA Today’s National High School Player of the Year honors as a senior (1995-96), averaging 30.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 blocked shots … Led Lower Merion to the Class AAAA state title as a senior, propelling the Aces to a 31-3 record, including a 27-game winning streak to end the season … Named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Circle of Champions High School Player of the Year and to the McDonald’s All-American Team … Named Most Outstanding Player at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina his senior year … Led Lower Merion to a 77-13 record his final three seasons … Named the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 adidas ABCD Summer Camp.

PERSONAL:
Father Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant played eight seasons in the NBA (Philadelphia, San Diego and Houston) before retiring in 1983 … Spent eight years of his childhood in Italy … Parents named him after a type of steak (Kobe) seen on a restaurant menu prior to his birth … Has two older sisters, Sharia and Shaya … Involved in several community programs in the past, including the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Center for Abused Children … Is currently involved with several organizations including Make-a-Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, and Plaza de la Raza (cultural center in East L.A.) ... In the summer of 2006, created the VIVO Foundation, a charitable initiative dedicated to enhancing the lives of young people and making dreams come true through educational and cultural enrichment opportunities and financial support ... Projects of the foundation include Vivo Del Mondo, an international travel experience that offers deserving high school and college students a unique and expanded context to think, question and formulate their own beliefs about the world and discover and develop their life passions ... Held the first ever Kobe Basketball Academy at Loyola Marymount University in the summer of 2007 (continued in 2008 and 2009), teaching athletes basketball’s five fundamentals as well as the Princeton and Triangle offenses during the week-long camp ... Member of the 2006-08 USA Men’s Senior National Team, helping the 2007 team win the FIBA Americas championship and a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics ... Kobe and his wife Vanessa have two daughters, Natalia Diamante and Gianna Maria.

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Height: 6'6''/ 1.98m
Weight: 212 lbs./ 96.2 kg
Born: August 23, 1978
From: Lower Merion HS (PA)
Draft: 1st Round (13th pick) 1996 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 1996
Years Pro: 18
Previous Teams:
  Los Angeles Lakers 1996 - 2014
Prior to NBA/Country: Lower Merion HS (PA)/USA

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