Kobe Bryant Speaking Italian

Here's something I didn't know about Kobe Bryant, the 2008 NBA MVP: he speaks fluent Italian! When he was 6 years old, Kobe's father moved his family to Italy to play professional basketball there. There, Kobe learned to speak Italian and play soccer.

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Ha ha. We use to go in the same school in Reggio Calabria, Italy. His father was hired in the local basketball team the Viola baskball. I remenber we use to play basketball together. All of us against him and he always win! that's why he learn to play soccer
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This is neat because it challenges our biases, I suppose.
I remember being in Italy, and Japanese tourists trying to speak to me in Italian. It struck me as odd, since it seemed so incongruous.
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Ohhh, che bello! He is very eloquent in Italian. I have such respect for a man who speaks a language fluently that isn't part of his heritage. :)
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From the wiki:
"When [Kobe] was six, his father left the NBA, moved his family to Italy, and started playing professional basketball there. Bryant became accustomed to the lifestyle there and learned to speak fluent Italian. At an early age, he learned to play soccer and at first his favorite team was AC Milan."
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