34 Facts About Joe Bryant

1. In 2001, Joe Bryant had appeared in twenty NBA playoff games.

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2. Joe Bryant was a great success as a professional basketball player in Europe, averaging thirty points per game in the Italian Professional Basketball League.

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3. Joe Bryant was a member of the 2008 and 2012 gold-medal US Olympic men's basketball teams.

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4. Joe Bryant made his first career start on January 28, 1997, scoring twelve points in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

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5. Joe Bryant welcomed these opportunities to add to his wealth and fame.

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6. Joe Bryant was again an All-Star in 2005, but the Lakers missed the playoffs for only the second time in twenty-nine years.

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7. Joe Bryant often took shuttle flights between the trial in Colorado and Lakers games.

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8. Joe Bryant concluded his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of Southeastern Pennsylvania basketball.

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9. Joe Bryant played on both the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic teams, winning consecutive gold medals with teammates Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, among several other top players.

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10. In 2008 Joe Bryant was named Most Valuable Player and carried his team to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Boston Celtics.

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11. Joe Bryant established Kobe Inc to own and grow brands in the sports industry.

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12. In high school, Joe Bryant was a member of a rap group called CHEIZAW, named after the Chi Sah gang in the martial arts film Kid with the Golden Arm.

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13. On December 13, 2010, Joe Bryant signed a two-year endorsement deal with Turkey's national airline, Turkish Airlines.

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14. Joe Bryant had checked into The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Eagle County in advance of undergoing knee surgery nearby.

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15. Joe Bryant is a lifelong fan of his hometown NFL team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

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16. Joe Bryant is an 18-time All-Star, which ranks second behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 19.

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17. Joe Bryant rejoined the national team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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18. Joe Bryant declined to play in the 2000 Olympics because he was getting married in the off-season.

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19. On November 29, 2015, Joe Bryant announced via The Players' Tribune that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

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20. Joe Bryant was leading the league in scoring through much of the first 42 games.

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21. On November 2, 2012, Joe Bryant scored 40 points with two steals, and he passed Magic Johnson as the Lakers career leader in steals.

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22. Joe Bryant suffered multiple injuries throughout the season and as a result, missed nine games.

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23. Joe Bryant wore 143 at the Adidas ABCD camp and chose 8 by adding those numbers.

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24. On December 20, 2005, Joe Bryant scored 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks.

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25. Joe Bryant made two buzzer beaters to win the game and the Pacific Division title.

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26. In Game 4, Joe Bryant scored 22 points in the second half and led the team to an OT victory as O'Neal fouled out of the game.

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27. Joe Bryant debuted in the Summer Pro League in Long Beach, California, scoring 25 points in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

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28. Joe Bryant earned national recognition during a spectacular high school career at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, which was located in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion.

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29. Joe Bryant was awarded the regular season's Most Valuable Player Award in 2008.

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30. Joe Bryant finished two for two from the free-throw line in the game.

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31. Joe Bryant got a team-high 11 points from Tierra Trotter and 10 more from Kalia Walker.

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32. Joe Bryant served as the head coach of Rizing Fukuoka of the bj league.

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33. Joe Bryant served as coach for the Diablos in the 2003 Season of SlamBall.

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34. Joe Bryant was the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from August 22, 2005 until April 4, 2007.

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