Not Sweating the Neighborhood

Kobe Bryant / Laker fans will argue for a long time as to who the all-time greatest Lakers player is. Current Laker and Newport Beach resident Kobe Bryant might always battle Magic Johnson for that distinction, but Bryant is the only one of the two to make his home here in the county. Bryant has five NBA titles, a Most Valuable Player award and is one of the top scorers in NBA history. A sexual assault allegation in 2003 did much to tarnish his image, and it's never quite recovered, but his prestige as one of the world's greatest and most famous basketball players is indisputable.

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