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Publisher's Summary

The definitive portrait of Kobe Bryant, from the author of Michael Jordan. Eighteen-time All-Star, scorer of 81 points in a single game, MVP, and one of the best shooting guards in NBA league history: Kobe Bryant is among basketball's absolute greatest players, and his importance to the sport is undeniable. Third on the NBA career scoring list and owner of five championship rings, he is an undisputed all-time great, one deserving of this deep and definitive biography.

Even within the flashiest franchise in all of sports - the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played his entire career - Bryant always took center stage, and his final game captivated the basketball world, indeed the country. Roland Lazenby delves deep to look behind this public image, using classic basketball reporting and dozens of new interviews to reveal the whole picture, from Bryant's childhood through his playing years. Showboatis filled with large personalities and provocative stories, including details of Bryant's complicated personal life and explosive relationships on the court, and is a riveting and essential listen for every hoops fan.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Roland Lazenby (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Lazenby's detailed research and fantastic writing paint a complex, engaging picture of one of the NBA's greats" (Kurt Helin, NBC Sports).  

"A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years." ( Parade)
"Engaging.... Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan: The Life, turns his eye to another basketball legend: the recently retired Kobe Bryant." ( Publishers Weekly)

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KOBE BEAN BRYANT

Great read any die hard Kobe fan needs to read this book. His wife was a rollercoaster but he stayed focus on being the best player ever.

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Not really about Kobe for the first third + of the book

Best biography of Joe Jellybean Bryant I’ve ever read though. So if that’s what you’re looking for, buy this book.

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An Insider's Angle on Kobe!

I listened to Kobe's bio during the winter of 2020. Ironically, Kobe died in a tragic accident on January 26, 2020. I was so deeply moved and saddened by his death because I felt like I had begun to know Kobe as a person through this bio. after his death, I was determined to finish this Audible because it seemed like my only opportunity to know Kobe because he's gone. I have a new found respect for Kobe. i only wish this bio had more info about his family life with his wife and daughters. RIP Kobe and Giana. #24 #8. #MambaOut

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The legend

I wanted to read this book because I know so little about Kobe even though I followed his entire career. This book is very detailed from his mother and father, Kobe as a child, all the way up to to when he retired. You can tell they can't say anything bad because Kobe wouldn't approve it but there is definitely some stories they left out about Kobe. they only kept in the good stuff he did. they even made the rape case not sound that bad in this book.

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Good but not great

I have read this book and Rolands other book about Jordan, and I liked the Jordan book a lot more. As some other reviewers mentioned, a fairly significant chunk of this book focuses on people other than Kobe. Although this is meant to give a perspective about who Kobe was, I was still wanting more about Kobe than was given. I thought a couple areas were rushed through that could have been explored more, as well.

Overall, this is a pretty interesting read. Especially with Kobe’s recent death.

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Fantastic book

I learned a lot more about Kobe and I will recommend this book to any Kobe fan.

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Man, Kobe was amazing

I never was a fan of Kobe or the Lakers, I always liked the other team that still rents the Staple Center. Whenever I watched the highlight reel on Kobe, it was like watching a magician disappearing out of thin air. “Showboat” was an excellent autobiography. I felt that the author didn’t sugar coat anything. Roland Lazenby didn’t leave anything unturned.

Man, Kobe was amazing.

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Very personal and in depth!

Not growing up in LA during the hayday of the Lakers, I missed a lot. This book caught me up on ALL the drama. Very fascinating. Thanks KB for being so transparent and mature about this.

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Great listen...

This book was compelling from start to finish. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.

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great book

great insight on one of my favorite Laker players.... reliving some of the highs and lows and some inside information was pleasing and helped understand how and why some things happened the way they did.

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