[113] Bryant endorsed the move, and by all appearances, the two men worked together well the second time around, leading the Lakers back into the playoffs. [374] Both numbers he wore during his career, 8 and 24, were retired by the Lakers on December 18, 2017.[375]. He had met the show's star, Brandy, earlier in the year at a Nike All-Star basketball game, and then a couple of months later in May 1996, Brandy was Bryant's date to his high school senior prom.

Many companies like McDonald's and Ferrero SpA terminated his contracts when rape allegations against him became public.

[429] However, in September 2004, the assault case was dropped by prosecutors after the accuser decided not to testify at the trial. The group was signed by Sony Entertainment, but the company's ultimate goal was to eliminate the group and have Bryant record on his own. [143] The only other Laker to do so was Baylor, who also scored 50+ in three consecutive contests in December 1962. [504], On February 7, Bryant and his daughter were buried in a private funeral in Pacific View Memorial Park in the Corona del Mar neighborhood of Newport Beach, California.

Unemployment benefits: Is another stimulus bill coming? [477] On November 4, 2010, Bryant appeared alongside Zach Braff at the Call of Duty: Black Ops launch event at the Santa Monica Airport, where they presented a $1 million check to the Call of Duty Endowment, an Activision-founded nonprofit organization that helps veterans transition to civilian careers after their military service has ended. [316] He also decided not to play in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. [104] The following day, Bryant declined an offer to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers and re-signed with the Lakers on a seven-year contract. [478][479] During his lifetime, Bryant granted over two hundred requests for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. [141] The following game, Bryant recorded 50 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves,[142] after which he scored 60 points in a road win against the Memphis Grizzlies—becoming the second Laker to score three straight 50-plus point games, a feat not seen since Jordan last did it in 1987. [11] His parents named him after the famous beef of Kobe, Japan, which they saw on a restaurant menu. Wright’s career ended in 2009, and in 2010 he disappeared for 10 days before his body was discovered in the woods near his ex-wife’s home in Tennessee. Stern stated, "Kobe deserved it. [167] In the first game of the next round, against the Jazz, Bryant scored 38 points as the Lakers beat the Jazz in Game 1. In addition to having a really fun name to say aloud, Walker wore an incredibly fly white bowler hat to the draft.