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The Kobe Bryant Map of Los Angeles

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Kobe Bryant's final NBA game is tonight—and for this day only, he has his own Metro stop. In his long tenure as a Laker, the future Hall of Famer has impacted the city of Los Angeles almost as much as anybody—certainly more than any other athlete. So it seems fitting to honor Bryant's legacy by mapping a few notable spots around the general LA area (dirty little secret: Kobe's actually more of an OC guy), where the man who ages like fine wine has left his mark over the years.

Bryant came into the lives of Angelenos all the way back in 1996, when he was chosen thirteenth in the NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets—remember that fact; you know it will come up in some trivia contest someday. The Hornets immediately traded Bryant to the Lakers, where he's played ever since. During Kobe's career, the Lakers have won five championships, including three in a row from 2000 to 2002.

Bryant's time as a player has not been without controversy. A much-publicized feud between him and Shaquille O'Neal led to Lakers management deciding to trade the latter star. In 2003, rape accusations made by a hotel employee in Colorado turned many fans against him. And there was his ill-fated hip-hop career.

But Bryant's relentless work ethic and competitive drive have still earned him millions of fans around the world. Now let's take a look at some of his old SoCal haunts.

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1. STAPLES Center

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1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100
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Any tour of Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles begins and ends here. The arena often credited with reinvigorating Downtown Los Angeles had the good fortune of opening just in time for the prime years of Bryant's career—and five Laker titles.

2. The Forum

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3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305
(310) 330-7316
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It's a credit to the incredible longevity of Bryant's career that he played his first seasons as a pro in the former home of Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers.

3. Marina High School

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15871 Springdale St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Bryant met his wife Vanessa while she was still a senior at this Huntington Beach high school. They became engaged shortly thereafter and, in spite of some major ups and downs, they remain married today.

4. House of Blues

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8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Back in the summer of 2000, most people knew Kobe Bryant only as one of basketball's brightest young stars. That is until he picked up a mic, got on stage at the House of Blues, and...was immediately drowned out by a deafening backing track. This Sunset Strip club went the way of Kobe's short-lived rap career last year.

5. Former Home

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1 Pinnacle Point
Newport Coast, CA 92657

Bryant sold his longtime home in an exclusive Newport Beach gated community just last year for the record-breaking price of $6.1165 million. It's a testament to the Mamba's lofty expectations for himself that he originally asked for $8.599 million.

6. Rafinity, Inc.

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1408 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

A reminder of one of the most ignominious periods of Bryant's time in LA, this is the shop (now closed) where he purchased a $4 million ring for his wife days after being charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman. The charges were later dropped, but a civil case was settled out of court and Bryant issued a public apology.

7. John Wayne Airport (SNA)

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18601 Airport Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(949) 252-5200
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Believe it or not, this is actually Kobe's access point for most of LA. After making the short drive from his house, he travels by helicopter to games and team practices. The man just hates traffic.

8. Disneyland

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1313 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565
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Like so many other celebrities with children, Bryant has been spotted a few times at the Happiest Place on Earth. He even stopped by for the Fourth of July fireworks show a couple summers back.

9. El Camino Real

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303 N Euclid St
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 447-3962

This humble stripmall Mexican restaurant might not look like the kind of place to find superstar athletes chowing down, but Bryant has apparently been going there for years. He likes the carne asada tostadas, with flan for desert.

1. STAPLES Center

1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Any tour of Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles begins and ends here. The arena often credited with reinvigorating Downtown Los Angeles had the good fortune of opening just in time for the prime years of Bryant's career—and five Laker titles.

1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

2. The Forum

3900 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305

It's a credit to the incredible longevity of Bryant's career that he played his first seasons as a pro in the former home of Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers.

3900 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90305

3. Marina High School

15871 Springdale St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Bryant met his wife Vanessa while she was still a senior at this Huntington Beach high school. They became engaged shortly thereafter and, in spite of some major ups and downs, they remain married today.

15871 Springdale St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

4. House of Blues

8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Back in the summer of 2000, most people knew Kobe Bryant only as one of basketball's brightest young stars. That is until he picked up a mic, got on stage at the House of Blues, and...was immediately drowned out by a deafening backing track. This Sunset Strip club went the way of Kobe's short-lived rap career last year.

8430 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Former Home

1 Pinnacle Point, Newport Coast, CA 92657

Bryant sold his longtime home in an exclusive Newport Beach gated community just last year for the record-breaking price of $6.1165 million. It's a testament to the Mamba's lofty expectations for himself that he originally asked for $8.599 million.

1 Pinnacle Point
Newport Coast, CA 92657

6. Rafinity, Inc.

1408 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

A reminder of one of the most ignominious periods of Bryant's time in LA, this is the shop (now closed) where he purchased a $4 million ring for his wife days after being charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman. The charges were later dropped, but a civil case was settled out of court and Bryant issued a public apology.

1408 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. John Wayne Airport (SNA)

18601 Airport Way, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Believe it or not, this is actually Kobe's access point for most of LA. After making the short drive from his house, he travels by helicopter to games and team practices. The man just hates traffic.

18601 Airport Way
Santa Ana, CA 92707

8. Disneyland

1313 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Like so many other celebrities with children, Bryant has been spotted a few times at the Happiest Place on Earth. He even stopped by for the Fourth of July fireworks show a couple summers back.

1313 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802

9. El Camino Real

303 N Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92832

This humble stripmall Mexican restaurant might not look like the kind of place to find superstar athletes chowing down, but Bryant has apparently been going there for years. He likes the carne asada tostadas, with flan for desert.

303 N Euclid St
Fullerton, CA 92832