1996-1997 - Is named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team
February 1997 - Wins the All-Star Weekend slam dunk competition, but does not play in the All-Star game.
1998 - He is the youngest starter at 19, in his first All-Star game.
2000-2002 - The LA Lakers win the NBA Championship 3 years in a row.
2002 - First of four times being named All-Star MVP. He's also named in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
July 18, 2003 - Bryant is charged with one count of sexual assault in a case involving a 19-year-old hotel worker. The charge accuses Bryant of "sexual penetration or intrusion and (that) he caused submission of the victim through actual physical force," District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.
January 19, 2004 - McDonald's announces that it will not renew Bryant's endorsement contract, which expired in December 2003.
August 10, 2004 - The same woman from the criminal court case files a lawsuit in federal court in Denver. The woman, under the name of "Jane Doe", claims Bryant raped her in his hotel room in a Vail-area resort in 2003 - the same incident alleged in the criminal charge against him. The suit is for an unspecified amount of damages.
September 1, 2004 - Criminal sexual assault charge is dropped.
January 22, 2005 - Bryant scores 81 points in the Lakers 122-104 win over Toronto. Only Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game in 1962 tops this performance.
March 2, 2005 - The accuser agrees to settle her civil lawsuit. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
May 2008 - Wins NBA regular season MVP award.
August 24, 2008 - Bryant wins a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team.
2009-2010 - Lakers win back-to-back NBA championships.
June 14, 2009 - Is named NBA Championship MVP.
February 1, 2010 - He surpasses Jerry West's career record of 25,192 as the Los Angeles Lakers' all-time leading scorer, with 25,208 points.
June 17, 2010 - For the second year in a row is named the NBA Championship MVP.
April 13, 2011 - Bryant is fined $100,000 by the NBA for making an anti-gay slur at a referee during a game on April 12th.
December 16, 2011 - Vanessa Bryant files for divorce.
August 12, 2012 - Is a member of gold-medal-winning U.S. men's' basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.