American professional basketball player Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978. He is mainly known for playing the "shooting guard" position for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Drafted at a young age for his great skill as a basketball player, Bryant would go on having a brilliant career as one of the best players since Micheal Jordan. He has broken many records, and has been named MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the year on several occasions. In 2003, Kobe Bryant has attracted a lot of media attention when he was accused of sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped.