My family as well as myself are huge Laker fans, so naturally one of my favorite sports figures would have to be Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 to Joe Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. From a young age he was introduced to basketball because his father was a professional basketball player. Because of his father moving around constantly to play for different teams Kobe Bryant learned to speak Italian and Spanish fluently. He would practice with his dad and learned many of his moves from his father. During his father's games Kobe would sometimes play on the court during half times. He got used to hearing the screaming and the chanting for his father. Once in high school he was coached by his father his sophomore year. He gained many merits, awards, and recognition.