Kobe Bryant was born in Philadelphia on 23 August 1978. Bryant’s parents
decided his name from a restaurant menu. Bean was his middle name and derived from his father’s nickname “Jellybean”. His dad resigned from the NBA when Kobe was 6 years old and moved his family to Rieti in Italy. Kobe lived there for 7 years. He learned to speak Italian and got familiar with his new way of life.
Kobe started playing basketball at just three years old. Skipping college, he went straight to the NBA, signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.