| 3 years ago||
lo life dun said:
he never stepped on the floor for them or did a press conference or wore the jersey
|June 27, 1996:
"I was sitting back there watching the television like everyone else, and I saw the cameras moving toward my table,'' he said. "I was starting to get a little curious about what was going on. Then they said, `Kobe Bryant.'
"That's when it kind of hit me: I'm an NBA player,'' Bryant said. "Now it's time to go in there and try to do some work.''
Bryant, 6-foot-6, is the consensus high school player of the year. He completed a stellar high school career by leading Lower Merion (Pa.) High School to the state championship in March.
As a senior, he averaged 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 a.ssists, four steals and 3.8 blocks. He left Lower Merion with 2,883 points, the most by any player in the history of southeastern Pennsylvania -- more than Wilt Chamberlain's 2,359 points.
But there are questions about whether Bryant can make the transition to the pros and, if he does, how long it will take.
"I just know I'm going to try to go in there and try to fit in with the basketball team and I'm going to work hard every day, and take it from there,'' he said. "Whatever happens, happens.''
Bryant said he was eager to play with the Hornets and their star, Larry Johnson.
"I get to go out there and mess it up with Grandmama,'' he said. "I am still a little kid, but I am now a little kid playing with the big kids.''
Charlotte has Kenny Anderson and Muggsy Bogues at point guard, although Anderson is a free agent. Bryant isn't sure whether he'll play point or shooting guard in the NBA.
"They didn't tell me,'' he said. "They didn't say anything. They wanted me to fit in well with the team, do whatever it takes to win and be successful.''
Bryant's father, Joe Bryant, is a former NBA player who took his family to Italy when he played there professionally. The younger Bryant, who took up the game at an early age, honed his skills in Italy.
Kobe Bryant said his father and the rest of the family would move with him to Charlotte.
"I'm still a mama's boy,'' he said. "I'll want some home-cooked meals.''
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|June 30, 1996
Bryant wants out of Charlotte CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kobe Bryant doesn't want to be a Hornet. Neither does Vlade Divac. And Larry Johnson is getting overtures elsewhere.
Bryant, selected by Charlotte with the 13th pick in Wednesday's NBA draft, had been told that the Hornets had agreed to trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers for Divac. But Divac said he would retire first before leaving Los Angeles, where his wife is an aspiring actress.
The trade agreement is not binding, but Bryant's agent said his client will not play for the Hornets.
"That is an impossibility. There are no ifs. It would not happen," Arn Tellem said when asked what happens if the trade for Divac falls through. "He is going to be a Laker and that's the only team he's playing for."
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