Kobe kept on Doing Great, Every game, Kobe Bryant was able to make 30 points and created a historic run every time he tries to run the ball to shoot. Within 9 consecutive games, he posted more than 40 points. With an outstanding performance that he showed, he was voted for being the All-NBA and got the third spot for MVP.
In the next season (2003 – 2004), the Lakers then moved forward to another stage and season of the game as there are added two players namely Gary Payton and Karl Malone. They have made another push in the overall NBA championship. With the lineup of O’Neal, Payton, Bryant and Malone, the Lakers was able to pave its way to the NBA Finals. However, they were upset to Detroit Pistons in five games.
Kobe kept on Doing Great
The contract of Jackson with Lakers was not repeated. That was the time when Rudy Tomjanovich took the position as the coach. O’Neal was then traded to Miami Heat in the favor of Brian Grant, Lamar Odom and Caron Butler. On the next day, Kobe declined to the offer of Los Angeles Clippers and extended his contract with Lakers for another seven years.
Setting His Records (2004 – 2007)
The 2005 – 2007 season in NBA was the season where Kobe really shined out. Although in the past years, Jackson and Bryant had lots of difference, Jackson went back to coaching the Lakers. The two worked well together for the second time that lead the Lakers to be back to the playoffs. Actually, this was the season that Kobe has made an individual scoring that is recognized as the finest in the statistics of his entire career.
Playing against the Dallas Mavericks, Kobe had scored 62 points within the entire three quarters. On the start of the fourth quarter, Bryant was able to outscore the Mavericks in a score of 62 – 61 which is the first time that happened in NBA history that a player has scored a number on the first three quarters. In January 16, 2006, Lakers faced another leading competitor, which is the Miami Heat. In the event, the former teammates O’Neal and Bryant made a remarkable news that topped on headlines as they shake hands prior to the game.
As the next game has arrived in January 22, 2006, Kobe was able to score a career-high point of 81 that made them won in a score of 122 – 104 against the Toronto Raptors. However, things had changed suddenly when Bryant had to stop playing temporarily when he had a knee surgery when it was injured in one of the games. The operation had stopped him from playing in the tournament of the FIBA World Championship in 2006.
On the 2006 – 2007 NBA season, Kobe was fortunately selected as the most valuable player in his 9th All-Star Game appearance giving him the chance to earn his second All-Star MVP trophy. The recognitions that he got only proves that he did well in the game and that every time he enters the court, he would give his best to win against the opponent.
Personal Life of Kobe Bryant
Kobe did not really spent all his life in basketball. He took time for courting and finding the ideal woman with whom he will share his entire life with. Kobe was married to Vanessa Laine in April of 2001. They lived a happy life together having each other’s company to strengthen one another. The relationship was never easy for both of them as Kobe needs to continue his career as a basketball player. However, Vanessa had been there for him all the time as a way of supporting his husband.
The couple had established their own foundation that was named after their first names – the Kobe & Vanessa Family Foundation. It is a non-profit organization that aims for a certain humanitarian objective. Kobe also had his own annual activity that is actually a summer camp that is named Kobe Basket Academy. His aim for the project is to teach basketball enthusiasts to further enhance their talents, knowledge and skills in the sport.