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Before Kobe Bryant was wearing purple and gold, the son of Joe “Jellybean” Bryant was lighting up the scoreboards at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia. Kobe was as talented a player as they come with everyone knowing he had a bright future ahead on the NBA level.

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During his four years at Lower Merion, Kobe was considered one of the best high school players in the country. Although he showed promise in his first two years, it wasn’t until his junior year in 1995 that he started to come into his own averaging 31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.

The rare footage above is from Kobe’s junior year at Lower Merion when he bounced back from a poor first half performance against Norristown. Kobe scored an impressive 29 points in the second half to lead Lower Merion to victory.

After a breakout season in his junior year and leading his school to a state championship in his senior year, Kobe emerged as a legitimate candidate to become a high draft pick in the 1996 NBA draft if he chose to skip college.

Ultimately, Kobe decided to make the jump to the NBA and was drafted alongside many other talented players that would go on to have great careers on the next level. Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Marcus Camby, Antonie Walker, Stephon Marbury, Peja Stojakovic, Jermaine O’Neal and Derek Fisher were also in Kobe’s draft class.

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The Los Angeles Lakers made a game-changing trade with the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 to acquire the rights to rookie Kobe Bryant. The move turned out to change the franchise forever with Bryant leading the team to five NBA titles while becoming one of the greatest players of all time.

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  • joshhh

    lakers r lucky this season if they want to make a splash they better do it this year cuz for like the 1st time in a while the west just got a lit bit worse this season u may not see it but it did actually overall this offseason a lot of teams got worse.the doors r wide open lakers take advantage of it don’t let slip away. Houston has gotten a little worse wit lin and parsons out all they have is harden and howard and rest suk accept ariza pretty good minny lost love so its easier to win against them now there like in rebuild Indiana suks now so lakers gotta take advantage of that now if the cavs get marion its over there win it all done deal.lebron,love,irving,marion,waiters,varejoe,thompson there too good only team that has a chance to beat them is spurs as always

    • Realistic Laker Fan

      I like how you only list two teams in the West, the Timberwolves were never a real threat for a playoff spot but the the Lakers will be fighting for 8th with the Rockets,Suns,Nuggets,and Pelicans.

      • joshhh

        no what I mean is the team will be easier to sweep now that love is gone there like the kings the more worser teams the better now and the it’s not like the west got better no teams made improvement there the same except for the rockets the nuggets and pelicans don’t have shot there’ll be lik last year the only team we will be competing wit is the suns and rockets and warriors and grizzlies I guess

        • Realistic Laker Fan

          So your just going to over look the fact that Dani,McGee,and Robinson where hurt most of the year for the Nuggets plus they added Afflao (18ppg) and Harris. The Pelicans also lost Jrue and Anderson (almost averaged 20ppg) to injuries plus added Asik as another rim protector and rebounder along side Davis (averaged 21ppg,10rpg,1spg,and almost 3bpg). They will be fighting for 8th along side the Lakers.

          • joshhh

            lakers r better than those teams and it’s very simple kobe Bryant there’s ur answer if no kobe than yes

          • Realistic Laker Fan

            But that is assuming that Kobe can be Kobe and that his age, injuries, or his time away from the court (over a year in the half) won’t affect him or his game.

  • joshhh

    Wesley Johnson will shine this season mark my words

    • Josh is a dumbass

      sorry but no he won’t.

      • joshhh

        when I say shine I don’t mean like take over games and average 20 ppg I mean his defense taking his chances when he get’s them hitting three’s doing the little things he’ll play his role alley oops fastbreaks putbacks rebound ect.

      • lakeshow

        And you know this how? Get your dumbass out of here.

    • TheZuluNation

      I agree. His game will be much improved in a better system and better coach.

  • Killdogg

    Kobe is the stuff! He’s second to the man Mr.Jordan

  • TheZuluNation

    Damn that dude talked up a storm in the beginning of the video lolol, but wow this is a real treasure! Kobe’s jumper never changed!

    • tailormade

      exactly the same thing i was thinking. the guy plays the exact same way he did as a kid. same stroke. same moves. even the same celebrations. lol

      • dennis

        even the interview..

        • TheZuluNation

          Yeah that too! Only thing was his voice was a bit higher but that’s a given.

      • TheZuluNation

        Yup! Lol

  • black mamba

    kobe is the BEAST, THE BLACK MAMBA!

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Changed the franchise forever? The author must not know about the 11 championships and 26 Finals appearances before Kobe showed up to “save the franchise.”

    • Zach

      Yep, they won five titles in the 17 years prior to Kobe and five in the 17 years with Kobe. Sounds like he had no impact at all, just kept them on pace.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I can’t argue with that. You are right that Kobe had the exact same impact on the franchise as Kareem.

        • Zach

          LOL, good one!! But Kareem won 6 MVPs, on a totally different plane than Kobe. But Kobe helped as much as Fisher, maybe even more so.

  • thisstinksagain!!

    Good footage at the end! Would have better if the first part was edited out.

  • Zach

    Has there ever been a more ‘entitled’ pro athlete?

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