He started his career in the Queen City, and will be missed by many here in Charlotte. This was a super star who had yet to complete his second career. One wonders what he would have accomplished given a few more years!
Many do not realize Bryant was the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant. He attended Lower Merion High School in PA, In High School he was recognized as hit his first mile stone of being the TOP basketball player in the country.
A short time later the NBA drafted Kobe and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick. The Hornets I bet are sad by this but they traded Kobe to the Lakers! As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, and he was named an All-Star by his second season.
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