June 10, 2000 |
Joe Bryant saw a lot of recognizable faces among the players trying out for scouts at the Moody Bible Institute during this week's NBA pre-draft camp. "The strange thing is, this is Kobe's class," Bryant said yesterday. "I watched these guys all through the years, starting in ninth grade. " Bryant was at the camp on business. In December, his son bought a 50 percent stake in Olimpia Milano, an Italian professional club. So while Kobe Bryant is playing in his first NBA Finals, his father, who is running the club, is hunting for players.
April 18, 2006 |
Former La Salle standout Joe Bryant, the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, was named yesterday as coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. Bryant, a former 76er, served as an assistant to Sparks coach Henry Bibby last season, then filled in as the coach for the final five games of the regular season and the playoffs. Bibby is now on Maurice Cheeks' staff with the 76ers. Bryant's former La Salle coach, Paul Westhead, now coaches the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury. Lauren Jackson signed a multiyear deal to remain with the WNBA's Seattle Storm.
June 23, 1995 |
What is it like to grow up in Philadelphia and then play pro basketball here? Joe Bryant, for one, can provide an answer. Since moving from Syracuse to Philadelphia for the 1963-64 season and switching nicknames from the Nationals to the 76ers, the franchise has employed 13 products of city high schools. Cliff Anderson (Edison), Mike Bantom (Roman), Jerry Baskerville (Edison), Larry Cannon (Lincoln), Lewis Lloyd (Overbrook) and Hubie White (West Philadelphia) played here for not more than one season.
May 8, 1996 |
News flash: Joe Bryant is no longer an assistant at his alma mater, La Salle University. He resigned yesterday, after three seasons on Speedy Morris's staff. That should come as no great surprise to anyone who's followed the situation at 20th and Olney for the past month or so. Bryant apparently didn't show up for work much lately, as his son Kobe, the national high school player of the year, was finalizing his decision to forgo college and enter the NBA draft. Bryant could not be reached last night for comment.
April 30, 1996 |
The relationship between Joe and Kobe Bryant is perfect, if the news conference held yesterday to proclaim Kobe's decision to skip college and go directly to the pros is any indication. The relationship between La Salle University's head basketball coach, Speedy Morris, and his assistant, Joe Bryant, needs some mending, if it is not irreparably broken already. Kobe Bryant announced his intention to a throng of media, players and students in the Lower Merion High School gym, where he had scored so many of his Southeastern Pennsylvania-record 2,883 points.
May 9, 2003
SLICE IT any way you want, but Joe Bryant is a racist - plain and simple (sports, May 1). Write it, learn it, know it, accept it. If the Bryants were white, and the father didn't speak to his son because the son's wife was black, Joe Bryant would be crucified in every media outlet imaginable. Kobe's wife is a white Hispanic, which contributes to the "Jellybean's" uneasiness. If Kobe's wife looked more like Celia Cruz, I doubt that Joe B. would have as many problems with Kobe.
October 5, 1995 |
The best high school basketball player in America plays in a Philadelphia suburb. This summer, he was so dazzling in venues around the country, from camp to tournament to camp, he zoomed right to the top of the recruiting gurus' charts. Kobe Bryant, the 6-7, do-it-all senior from Lower Merion High, could play in the city next year. Or he could play in just about any big city in America and two in Canada. According to his father, Joe Bryant, the La Salle assistant coach and former La Salle and 76ers player, Kobe is accepting no home visits from college coaches and visiting no college campuses.
April 1, 1996 |
Joe Bryant, the father, knew exactly what Kobe Bryant, the son, was experiencing in the McDonald's All-American basketball game yesterday. The former 76er had played in a few such games himself, including the old Dapper Dan Classic - which pitted Pennsylvania all-stars against U.S. stars - during his senior year at Bartram in 1972. That game also was played at the Civic Arena. That game also was more of a showcase for top seniors than an athletic contest. Joe Bryant won the Dapper Dan MVP award in '72. Lower Merion's Kobe Bryant played well in the East's 120-105 victory over the West yesterday, although MVP honors went to Shaheen Holloway, a guard from St. Patrick's of Elizabeth, N.J. The father felt pride and something else.
April 26, 2013 |
AS A COLLEGE basketball fan in the early 1970s, maybe you went to the Palestra to see Joe Bryant or Mike Bantom or Ron Haigler. But a friend and I would go there for another reason - to watch Temple's Joe Rymal. Joe wasn't the Owls' leading scorer or top rebounder. No he was something more important than that, he was the older brother of my friend and classmate Tom Rymal. And having a relative playing in the Palestra at that time was the Hoops Holy Grail. Tom, who played at North Catholic, Community College and Drexel, was the best basketball player I ever appeared on a court with regularly.
April 12, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant wouldn't have put up with "abuse" from a coach like Rutgers' Mike Rice. "I would have smacked the hell out of him," the Los Angeles Lakers star told Showtime's Jim Rome. "I mean, no question about it. ... It probably wouldn't have been the best way to react to it, but that's how I would have reacted. " Even at age 18? "Oh, no question. I mean, just a year later I was going at with Shaq," he said, referring to the much bigger Shaquille O'Neill, then the Lakers center.