You may think you know absolutely everything about Kobe, but did you know how he got his name? It’s a fun true fact that Kobe was named after a Japanese Steakhouse in Philadelphia.
In 1998 Kobe’s father Joe Bryant told Sports Illustrated that his son Kobe, who was a rising star back then, was named after a restaurant. Allegedly Kobe’s mother saw the beef on the menu and felt it had a nice ring to it. Couple of years later owners of the Kobe restaurant renamed their establishment to “Answers” and after another couple of years they decided to close the restaurant.
According to Wikipedia, “Kobe beef (神戸ビーフ Kōbe bīfu) is meat from the Tajima strain of Japanese Black cattle, raised in Japan’s Hyōgo Prefecture according to rules set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion Association. The meat is a delicacy, valued for its flavor, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture.”