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.
July 25, 1996 |
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.
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.
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 22, 1996 |
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.
August 9, 1995 |
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.
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.
May 1, 1996
In all probability, Kobe Bryant will have made around $3 million playing professional basketball by the time he's 21. (And that doesn't count endorsement income.) At the national median household income of $31,000, you'd have to work 97 years to make that much money. There's much grist for ambivalence in the 17-year-old Lower Merion High School senior's ballyhooed decision to head directly into the National Basketball Association, skipping the rah-rah-sis-boom-bah phase of his hardcourt apprenticeship.
May 4, 2013 |
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.
June 3, 2013 |
Hard to resist a basketball metaphor in Kobe Bryant's sports-memorabilia auction case, where the trial ball is moving back and forth across courts, and across the country, at a dizzying pace. Two federal courtrooms, two federal judges, two cases - same issue. Hoopla, not hoops. All that's missing are the nets. On Friday, in Camden, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb set the trial for June 17 in Camden, denying the Los Angeles Lakers star's plea to move the case to California.