When Thomas Bryant made his debut with the Lakers back in 2017, the pro baller created quite a stir among fans of the late, great Kobe Bryant when he appeared on the court with the name “Bryant” emblazoned across the rear of his jersey. A huge backlash ensued, with many folks saying the name should be retired. Some even halfway joked that Bryant, who’s affectionately known as the Big Man and stands nearly 7 feet tall, should at least add the letter “T” before the Bryant or even just change his last name altogether. But none of that controversy has put a damper on the now-Washington Wizards player’s obvious love for Los Angeles, and he continues to maintain an off-season sanctuary in the city.
Earlier this month, Bryant netted a $450,000 profit upon selling the Woodland Hills starter house he bought a little over a year ago for $3.25 million from Utah Jazz player and former Lakers teammate Jordan Clarkson. Now he’s upgraded, doling out $4.8 million for a new L.A. outpost in the pricey Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Mount Olympus. Originally built in 1966, the property has since been remodeled from the studs up by architect Gus Duffy, replete with four bedrooms and an equal number of baths packed into 4,000-plus square feet of contemporary living space offering up city and ocean vistas.
Secured behind gates, the façade of the white stucco mansion showcases an entire lower portion of stacked stone that meets in the middle with a striking fire feature. Inside, the stylishly redone interiors are punctuated throughout by European white oak floors, 100-year-old reclaimed Brazilian teak cabinetry, Ann Sacks tile, custom window treatments and other luxe finishes. As expected, the place is chock-full of amenities — from a gym and movie theater, to an elevator and the latest smart-home technology.
Standing out on the main level is a spacious living room that adjoins a gourmet kitchen decked out with a marble eat-in island, as well as top-of-the-line wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, with both areas spilling out onto al fresco dining and lounging spaces courtesy of floor-to-ceiling pocket glass doors. Also on this level is a dining room and an office, plus the aforementioned gym and movie theater with wet bar.
Holding court upstairs are not one but two master suites, each outfitted with their own deck and spa-like bath. But the ultimate game winner definitely has to be the resort-like backyard, which is spotlighted by an expansive turf lawn boasting a pool with a waterfall and LED lighting, a fireside conversation pit, and a patio equipped with a fireplace and custom built-in barbecue. There’s also a four-car garage sporting epoxy floors, accent lighting and a marble feature wall.
Bryant, 24, has played center for the Wizards since 2018. Though he’s still recovering from a torn ACL injury that occurred two minutes into a game versus the Miami Heat back in mid-January, and a subsequent surgery to repair his left knee, his current three-year, $25 million contract with the Wizards earns him an average annual salary of $8.3 million.