\"\" Kobe Bryant was named after a steak.

“Kobe” is actually a special type of Japanese beef that is generally considered to be a delicacy worldwide. The parents of the Los Angeles Lakers star chose this odd name for their son after seeing the dish listed on a restaurant menu prior to his birth! Food names must run in the Bryant family - his father Joe, a former NBA and Italian League player, was nicknamed “Jellybean” during his basketball career!