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MAMBA

by RONALD BRIDGES and Caiden Abang

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  • "If you're afraid to fail, then you're probably going to fail."
-Kobe Bryant
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MAMBA
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Written by Ronald Bridges and Caiden Abang
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6th Grade
Group Non-Fiction
Authors: Ronald Bridges, Caiden Abang
Illustrators: Ronald Bridges, Caiden Abang
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  • “Great things come from hard work and perseverance".
-Kobe Bryant
CONTENTS
Pg.1 Title Page

Pg.2 About the Author

Chapter 01: A Journey Begins.

Chapter 02: Pick 13 To The Charlotte Bobcat:

Chapter 03: The 00's Begin

Chapter 04: Black Mamba and Shaq 3-Peat

Chapter 05: Love and The Marriage

Chapter 06: Kobe's Nike Deal

Chapter 07: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol

Chapter 08 The Olympian

Chapter 09: Kobe and Gigi Rest in Heaven

Chapter 10 Kobe's Family Mourns His Death Till This Day

Chapter 11: The Mamba Mentality Stands.

Chapter 12: Kobe's Legacy Does not Decay

Chapter 13: Kobe Teamates Represent Him

Chapter 1: The Journey Begins
Kobe Bryant, also known as Kobe Bean Bryant, was a famous American basketball player. He was born on August 23, 1978, in Philly, and sadly passed away on January 26, 2020, in Cali. He played a huge part in leading the LA Lakers to win five championships from 2000 to 2002 and again from 2009 to 2010. His dad Joe Bryant also played ball professionally for 8 years in the NBA and then 8 more years in Italy where Kobe went to school. When his family moved to the US, Kobe went to Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania where he won many national Player of the Year awards and even broke the southeastern Pennsylvania scoring record set by Wilt Chamberlain.
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Chapter 2: Pick 13 To The Charlotte Hornets
When Kobe Bryant got drafted by Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft, he was super pumped about his dream of playing for the Lakers. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He didn't play a single game for the Hornets because he got picked up by the Lakers just 16 days later. Kobe once said that Charlotte never really wanted him anyway, as they already had too many guards and small forwards. Bryant went on to become an 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive team, and the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Many consider him one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring, and ranks fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list. Not to mention, Bryant was the first guard in NBA history
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He started off as a reserve but gradually earned more minutes and became a vital contributor to the LA Lakers team in 1997. He began to stand out as a reserve but greatly earned more minutes and became an essential contributor to the team. In his second season, Kobe's minutes increased and he earned a starting position on the All-Rookie Second Team. He also noticed his first NBA championship ring with the Lakers. Phil Jackson then became the head coach, and he instructed Kobe in his first three NBA championships. Kobe was named Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010, leading the Lakers to back-to-back titles. He also spent 12 seasons playing with the Lakers, picked up numerous individual achievements, and worked tirelessly to help the team win. Nonetheless, Kobe's career was not free of setbacks and injuries, which prevented him from playing in a win over the Sacramento Kings. Despite this, he remained on.
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Chapter 3 : The 00's Begin
Kobe was a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers and won three championships back to back with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal. Both of them were considered to be one of the most dominant duos in NBA history, despite their well-known feud. Kobe won many awards and set several records during the 2000s and 2005s, and it was a highly productive and successful period for him. However, things became sour between Kobe and Shaquille as they made negative comments about each other, which strained their relationship. They only became friends after Shaquille's retirement, but they eventually reconciled. Shaquille said that Kobe pushed him to play some of the greatest basketball of all time. Nevertheless, Kobe's contributions to basketball will always be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.
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