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April 1, 2013
Kobe Bryant moved into fourth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list Saturday, passing Wilt Chamberlain in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Sacramento Kings. Bryant made a pull-up jumper from the free- throw line with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter to eclipse Chamberlain's mark of 31,419 points. He had tied Chamberlain 22 seconds earlier with a layup. He entered the game trailing Chamberlain by four points. Chamberlain scored his 31,419 points in 14 seasons with the Warriors, 76ers and Lakers; Bryant is in his 17th season, all with the Lakers.
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July 25, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Kobe Bryant officially became the youngest player in the NBA yesterday when the Lower Merion High graduate signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers signed Bryant, who's making the jump from high school directly to the NBA, to a three-year, $3.65 million contract. The 17-year-old was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets, who dealt his rights to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. The 6-foot-6 Bryant, who will turn 18 on Aug. 23, averaged 25 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games for the Lakers' summer-league entry.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2013
WHEN I heard that Kobe Bryant's mom had received a $450,000 advance for a planned auction of his high-school basketball memorabilia, I was shocked, saddened and appalled. The way I figure it, she could've gotten at least $1 million up front. OK, maybe it wasn't the pricing that shocked me. Nor was it the fact that Kobe sued his mother to keep her from selling some old basketball junk she had in her basement. The thing that really got me was that all of this happened around Mother's Day. I don't know about Kobe's world, but in the Jones household, Mother's Day is sacred.
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October 5, 1995 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
NEWS
April 11, 2016 | By Bill Lyon
Yes, he was blessed with blue-ribbon bloodlines. And yes, he was born a child of privilege, wanting for nothing. And yes, his DNA flows hot and heavy. But this is the difference, this is what set him apart: He hasn't squandered his gifts, he hasn't been content to skate his way through life, not content to being pretty good, and not just the star. Kobe Bryant leaves the stage now and he leaves, it says here, as one of the four best basketball players ever. Ever.
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April 22, 1996 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Kobe Bryant still isn't revealing his plans, but his father's recent actions strongly suggest that he will declare for the NBA draft by the May 12 deadline. Joe Bryant has spent the last several weeks crisscrossing the country talking to representatives of shoe companies, makers of trading cards, sports agents and NBA front-office types. A book is rumored. Kobe Bryant, of course, is a 17-year-old senior at Lower Merion High and the nation's most decorated high school basketball player.
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December 2, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kobe Bryant's farewell tour officially begins Tuesday night in the city where his career began. The former Lower Merion High School standout will face the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center for the last time as a Los Angeles Laker. "It's a honor to sort of welcome him back to Philadelphia to begin with," Sixers coach Brett Brown said Sunday after a 92-84 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis. "Kobe's legend has lived in that city for many years and will continue to live. "For him to come back and play his first game [at Wells Fargo]
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August 9, 1995 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Kobe Bryant has run around as much off the court this summer as on it. First, the 6-foot-7 Lower Merion star played against some of the best high school basketball players in the nation at the Adidas ABCD Camp in early July in Teaneck, N.J., and earned MVP honors. Then it was off to Las Vegas, where he earned first-team honors at the Adidas Big-Time Tournament in mid-July. Last weekend, Bryant led the Delaware Valley team to a gold medal in the Keystone State Games. He scored a game-high 47 points in the 104-99 victory over Philadelphia for the championship.
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December 9, 2012
A look at the faces of the franchises In my Small opinion . . . If Major League Soccer were at the level of the other major sports in Philadelphia, the Union reacquiring forward Sebastien Le Toux on Thursday would be the equivalent of Cliff Lee returning to the Phillies, Allen Iverson returning to the Sixers or Jeremiah Trotter re-signing with the Eagles. That's how popular the fan-friendly Frenchman was with the crew that shuffled down to the edge of the Delaware River and PPL Park.
NEWS
May 4, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Pamela Bryant kept asking her son: Do you still want all this stuff that I'm keeping for you - your old basketball jerseys, your sports awards, your high school trophies? And for years, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Camden on Thursday, the son, now 34, was content to let it all sit around at the house. Until ... Until Pamela Bryant, Kobe Bryant's mother, wanted to auction it off for an expected $1.5 million so she could use the money to buy a house in Nevada.
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June 6, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
One of the big concerns about Ben Simmons, the 6-foot-10 wunderkind from Louisiana State whom the 76ers are likely to select with the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, is that his team didn't achieve all that much in his only season there. Though Simmons averaged more than 19 points, nearly 12 rebounds, and nearly five assists a game, LSU went just 19-14 and didn't qualify for the NCAA tournament. To put that incongruity in perspective, since the NBA instituted the draft lottery in 1985, only once has the top pick been a college player whose team did not play in the tournament that season: Pacific's Michael Olowokandi in 1998.
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April 18, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
He didn't wave to the crowd. He didn't bow, shake anyone's hand, or tip his cap. There was no spotlight. In fact, said those who were there, in the last moment of the most mythical career in American sports, Babe Ruth never even looked up. Instead, he stuffed his glove into a back pocket of his gray Boston Braves uniform and, rather than jog toward the visitors' dugout, limped off alone toward Baker Bowl's center-field clubhouse. And there, like a god ascending into the clouds, he disappeared.
NEWS
April 14, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Staff Writer
Running his mouth against Kobe Bryant wasn't the best idea Luke Cunningham ever had. But it was Narberth, outdoor summer ball. Cunningham, a ballplayer himself at Monsignor Bonner High, wondered, what kind of name is Kobe? And so what if his father played in the NBA? Cunningham remembers telling Kobe, off the cuff, how he heard his father wasn't a very good NBA player. Kobe must have heard him. "He blocks my shot," Cunningham said. "He essentially caught the ball and threw it into a jungle gym like 40 feet away, over a fence.
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April 11, 2016 | By Bill Lyon
Yes, he was blessed with blue-ribbon bloodlines. And yes, he was born a child of privilege, wanting for nothing. And yes, his DNA flows hot and heavy. But this is the difference, this is what set him apart: He hasn't squandered his gifts, he hasn't been content to skate his way through life, not content to being pretty good, and not just the star. Kobe Bryant leaves the stage now and he leaves, it says here, as one of the four best basketball players ever. Ever.
SPORTS
March 4, 2016
ASSOCIATED PRESS DENVER - D.J. Augustin scored 22 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead six Denver players in double figures, and the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 117-107 on Wednesday night in Kobe Bryant's final game at the Pepsi Center. Emmanuel Mudiay added 22 points and the Nuggets used a 10-0 run midway through the final quarter to gain some separation. Bryant finished with five points and didn't play in the second half because of a sore right shoulder.
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February 16, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - The global icon's last NBA All-Star Game was a celebration of his illustrious career. Kobe Bryant was never a threat to win a fifth All-Star Game MVP award on Sunday night. But the Los Angeles guard/forward was at ease with 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal in the Western Conference's 196-173 victory over the East at the Air Canada Centre. Russell Westbrook won the MVP award for second consecutive year after finishing with 31 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the West.
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February 15, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
TORONTO - Kobe Bryant was more than 15 minutes late for his media availability, and it didn't matter. This was Bryant's day. Just like the NBA all-star weekend here is actually an unofficial Kobe Bryant event. Some reporters applauded as the Los Angeles Lakers megastar finally took his seat in a Sheraton Centre Toronto ballroom late Friday morning. Journalists from 40 countries in town for the weekend turned Bryant's first news conference of his 18th All-Star Game into the latest stop of a farewell tour that began when he announced his retirement in November.
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January 18, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
THIS IS THE 17th year in the NBA for Elton Brand, and to say he's seen his share of different styles of basketball is like saying LeBron James is a one-dimensional player. When Brand won the rookie of the year trophy in 2000, Shaquille O'Neal was dominating the league at both ends of the floor and was pairing with Kobe Bryant to win three consecutive championships. It was a pretty easy style of play back then for the Lakers - getting the ball to O'Neal in the post when he was there and taking advantage of Bryant's scoring abilities all the times he wasn't.
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December 3, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN KOBE Bryant arrived to the visitor's locker room for the final time in his career Tuesday, as always, some soft pretzels and mustard sat in his locker. Every time Bryant has come to Philadelphia during his 20-year career, 76ers equipment manager Scotty Rego delivers the goods, knowing Bryant may or may not nibble on the snack before the game. "But if they're not there," said Rego, "then he'll ask where they are. " "Everytime I come here, there are fresh pretzels sitting on top of my locker," Bryant said in a crowded pregame news conference.
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December 3, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
For a few seconds the Wells Fargo Center went dark and grew deafening Tuesday night, and when the lights had come back on and the sellout crowd's ovation had subsided and the echo of the public-address announcer's voice had faded, Kobe Bryant emerged a young man again. There were boos, of course, inspired of that lingering and ironic resentment over a Lower Merion kid and Lakers great who seemed to cherish his Philadelphia roots only on those occasions he plotted to cut out the city's and the 76ers' hearts.
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