This 34-year-old athlete stands tall at 6′ 6″and has been the face of the Los Angeles Lakers for many years now. Kobe Bryant was named Los Angeles’ highest paid athlete, earning $46.85 million – $27.85 million in salary and $19 million in endorsements. Along with Dodgers’ pitcher Zack Greinke who has earnings of $29.02 million. In national rankings, Bryant came fourth after boxing king Floyd Mayweather with $90 million followed by fellow NBA superstar LeBron James at $56 million and New Orleans Saints Drew Brees at $47.8 million.
Bryant has played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and was considered the best shooting guard during his time, holding records and breaking records. During his reign, he has sent the team to five NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). His former coach Phil Jackson has compared Kobe with NBA superstar Michael Jordan in his book.
Unfortunately, the NBA superstar missed the 2012-2013 playoffs after suffering from a torn achilles tendon in the middle of the series. Entering next season’s conference with uncertainty and unstable lineup, the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping for a quick return. Stating his return would lift up the team’s spirit.
Recently, Kobe went on a court battle against his mother, Pamela Bryant, who auctioned his mementos from his early years with Los Angeles Lakers without his permission. It includes rings that the Lakers gave to his parents for the 2000 NBA championship and the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. Bryant has been supporting his parents with millions of dollars and offered them a house but they wanted more in terms of financial means.