Kobe Bryant: One of the Greatest Basketball Careers American Kobe Bean Bryant is a retired professional basketball player. His entire National Basketball Association (NBA) career was played with the Los Angeles Lakers. He is married to Vanessa Laine since April 18, 2001. They have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna. At 34 years and 104 days old, Kobe made history by becoming the youngest player in the league to reach 30,000 points in a career and also being the all-time leading scorer in the LA Lakers’ franchise.