It's no secret that Kobe Bryant is one of the most fashion-conscious players in the NBA. Just this year, he's appeared on the cover of GQ and posed in a somewhat bizarre haute couture shoot for Los Angeles Times Magazine. What can we say? The man can rock an Armani suit and Gucci sunglasses with the kind of confidence that only a fresh $84 million contract extension can afford.
But forget the old saying, because clothes are not the only things that make the man. Kobe has been-there-done-that far too many times for his attire to reveal his true off-the-court character.
To find the rest, you have to look inside his garage.
Assuming you can open up those doors before security beats you back to the second grade, you'll find the family-friendly white Range Rover that Kobe and his wife Vanessa have been spotted in. It's a $94,000 SUV with 510 horsepower worth of luxury that's a perfect reflection of its driver -- Kobe is a fierce competitor on court, a master in his element. But he's also a devoted father who isn't afraid to leave his daughters' bright pink car seats in full view of paparazzi when he's hitting the town. Similarly, the Range Rover is muscular, capable, and totally at home out in the wild ... but trade the dirt trails of the Sahara for the urban jungle, and this British SUV will quickly settle down and become a graceful luxury car. There's something understated, confident and -- dare we say it -- menacing about the Range Rover that complements Kobe as both ballplayer and family man.
The shining star of the garage is the Black Mamba's prized Ferrari F430. It's a screaming beast of a sports car that can accelerate from 0 to 60 in under four seconds and costs well over $300,000. "I've always wanted a Ferrari -- ever since I was a little kid," Kobe confided to Charlie Rose after the purchase of his first, a black 360 Modena.