Kobe Bean Bryant (/kobi/ KOH-bee; August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020) was an NBA basketball player in the United States. He played shooting guard with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association for his entire 20-year career (NBA). Bryant won five NBA championships and was an 18-time All-Star. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. A 15-time All-NBA selection, a 12-time All-Defensive selection, the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), and two-time NBA Finals MVP Bryant has also twice led the NBA in scoring and is fourth all-time in regular season and postseason scoring in the league. In 2020, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after his death.