NBA legend who helped the Los Angeles Lakers achieve a championship threepeat from 2000 to 2002.
He spent part of his youth playing soccer in Italy.
He was named NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010 while leading the Lakers to their 4th and 5th Championships during his career with the team.
He married Vanessa Laine in 2001 and became a father two years later.
His career began as Michael Jordan's reign on the court was ending, and his game constantly drew comparisons to Jordan's.
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