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Lakers News: Kobe Would Have Picked North Carolina Over Duke

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It has long been speculated that Kobe Bryant would have chosen to attend Duke University to play college basketball.

The Blue Devils had won consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992, but that was not enough to convince Bryant to not make the jump to the NBA.

During his special, “Kobe Up Close”, Bryant finally reveals he would have chosen the 1993 national champion, North Carolina Tar Heels:

“If I had to make a decision I probably would have went to Carolina because of the competition. The year before, Vince Carter had played for Carolina and was the best guard in the country and I wanted to test myself against him and play against him every day in practice”

Not only did he not pick Duke, but he decided on their arch nemesis, the Tar Heels. Vince Carter was the determining factor for Bryant, he wanted to face the best guard in the country, and Bryant would benefit from facing Carter on a daily basis.

Coach Dean Smith already had an impressive team, which reached the 1997 and 1998 Final Four, but the addition of Bryant would have pushed them over the hump, and could have ultimately led them to a national championship.

Bryant has always been considered the heir apparent to Michael Jordan’s throne, and if he would have attended North Carolina, the comparisons would have intensified. Luckily for Lakers Nation, Kobe decided to declare for the NBA draft, and the rest is history.

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  • Jim213

    Of course he would’ve chosen NC given the MJ factor. If one thing has shown us about KB24 is his ability to confront and exceed the expectations that he places on himself. Wait till next season!, time to get some love (resentment) by proving naysayers and the haters wrong.

    • Eddie Lazaro

      Sure did, in so many ways, and so many times. Nice Jim213

  • ANTHONYinCALI

    Ahh come on Kobe! Really?? Don’t follow in 23s shoes lead a different path. The path against jordan at archrival Duke! I hate carolina man but it’s whatever you went to the NBA don’t care anymore as of…..now.

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