01Life as a child
Kobe Bean Bryant, born in Philadelphia on August 23, 1978, was the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and nephew of basketball player John Arthur "Chubby" Cox III. He was named after the famous Kobe beef, while his middle name Bean, was taken from his father’s moniker “Jellybean”. He began playing basketball when he was only 3 years old. The Los Angeles Lakers had been his beloved team since childhood. Joe Bryant retired from the NBA when Kobe was six years old and relocated the family to Italy, where he continued to play basketball in an Italian league. While growing up in Italy, Kobe played both basketball and soccer.