By Lazenby, Roland
The definitive biography of global superstar and basketball icon Kobe Bryant Bryant is one of basketball's greatest players, a fascinating and complicated character who says he knew when he was a mere boy that he would be better than Michael Jordan. The debate about whether he ha...s achieved that is a furious one - but in 2015-16, his retirement season, Bryant surpassed Jordan on the all-time NBA scoring list and has only one less championship than Jordan (five to Jordan's six). Aloof and uncompromising, Bryant is the grand enigma of American professional basketball, easily the most driven player in the history of the sport, the absolute master of study and preparation. But his career has also been one of almost constant conflict: with his teammate Shaquille O'Neal; with Phil Jackson, coach of the championship-winning Lakers team that Kobe led; with the law; with his wife Vanessa (whom he met when she was working as an extra on a Snoop Dog video shoot); and with so many of his contemporaries, opponents and teammates. Showboat is the unflinching, definitive account of Kobe Bryant, a global superstar and basketball icon.Read more
Roland Lazenby is the author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon and Michael Jordan: The Life, among numerous other books. He has spent the past three decades interviewing NBA players, coaches and staff members while writing about the league. He lives in Virginia.
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