(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of NBA great Kobe Bryant.
Personal: Birth date: August 23, 1978
Birth place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Kobe Bean Bryant
Father: Joe Bryant, a professional basketball player
Mother: Pam Bryant
Marriage: Vanessa (Laine) Bryant (April 18, 2001 - present)
Children: Gianna, May 2006; Natalia, January 2003
Other Facts: Bryant is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.
His parents named him after a type of steak. The beef is from a species of cattle, Wagyu, raised in the Kobe region of Japan.
Bryant lived in Italy for eight years while his father played in the Italian Professional Basketball League. He speaks Italian fluently.
He entered the NBA straight out of high school.
In 1996, Bryant was the youngest player in NBA history at that time, at 18 years, 2 months, and 11 days.
He has played his entire pro career for the Los Angeles Lakers.
He was chosen for every NBA all-star game since 1998, has two Olympic gold medals for men's basketball, as of April 2013 is fourth on the NBA all-time scoring list with 31,421 points and has won five NBA championships.
Timeline: 1996 - Finishes his high school career as the all-time leading scorer in the history of southeastern Pennsylvania basketball. He leads the Lower Merion Aces to a season record of 31-3 and the Class-AAAA state championship.
1996 - USA Today names him the National High School Player of the Year and he wins Naismith Player of the Year.
June 26, 1996 - Bryant is selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 13th pick in the first round of the NBA draft.
July 11, 1996 - Is traded by Charlotte to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vlade Divac.
1996 - present - Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.
1996-1997 - Is named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team
February 1997 - Wins the All-Star Weekend slam dunk competition, but does not play in the All-Star game.
1998 - He is the youngest starter at 19, in his first All-Star game.
2000-2002 - The LA Lakers win the NBA Championship 3 years in a row.
2002 - First of four times being named All-Star MVP. He's also named in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
July 18, 2003 - Bryant is charged with one count of sexual assault in a case involving a 19-year-old hotel worker. The charge accuses Bryant of "sexual penetration or intrusion and (that) he caused submission of the victim through actual physical force," District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
January 19, 2004 - McDonald's announces that it will not renew Bryant's endorsement contract, which expired in December 2003.
August 10, 2004 - The same woman from the criminal court case files a lawsuit in federal court in Denver. The woman, under the name of "Jane Doe", claims Bryant raped her in his hotel room in a Vail-area resort in 2003 - the same incident alleged in the criminal charge against him. The suit is for an unspecified amount of damages.
September 1, 2004 - Criminal sexual assault charge is dropped.
January 22, 2005 - Bryant scores 81 points in the Lakers 122-104 win over Toronto. Only Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game in 1962 tops this performance.
March 2, 2005 - The accuser agrees to settle her civil lawsuit. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
May 2008 - Wins NBA regular season MVP award.
August 24, 2008 - Bryant wins a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team.
2009-2010 - Lakers win back-to-back NBA championships.
June 14, 2009 - Is named NBA Championship MVP.
February 1, 2010 - He surpasses Jerry West's career record of 25,192 as the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time leading scorer, with 25,208 points.
June 17, 2010 - For the second year in a row is named the NBA Championship MVP.
April 13, 2011 - Bryant is fined $100,000 by the NBA for making an anti-gay slur at a referee during a game on April 12.
December 16, 2011 - Vanessa Bryant files for divorce.
August 12, 2012 - Is a member of gold-medal-winning U.S. men's basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.
January 11, 2013 - Announces on Facebook that he and Vanessa have reconciled.
April 12, 2013 - Tears left Achilles tendon in game against Golden State Warriors. Successful surgery to repair the injury will leave him unable to play for six to nine months.
May 8, 2013 - Files a lawsuit to stop his mother, Pamela Bryant, from auctioning off memorabilia from beginning of his basketball career. Bryant claims he did not give his mother permission to sell the items. A settlement is reached in June.
December 17, 2013 - Breaks a bone in his left knee in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies and will be out for six weeks.