The Road to Stardom
As a child Kobe Bryant loved the game of basketball. He was inspired by his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, who was a professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers. Kobe lived part of his youth in Europe and his family always made sure Kobe received a good education. In high school Kobe Bryant studied and played basketball for Lower Marion High School in Pennsylvania. During those teenage years Kobe was a phenomenon in the basketball court playing against other players his age. Scouts recognized his talent very early in his basketball career. Kobe was considered one of the nation’s top prospects in 1996.After Kobe graduated for high school he considered going to college to earn a degree and play for Duke University or another school since he received many scholarship offers. His talent in the courts was incredible and he opted to enter the NBA draft in 1996. Kobe was selected #13 in the draft by the Charlotte Hornets. After being drafted Kobe heard the news that would change his life forever. . The L.A. Lakers traded Vlade Divac for the rights of an unproved rookie named Kobe Bryant. Kobe had a tough rookie season, but he learned what being a true professional is all about. He did win the slam dunk contest that season which made him a popular player. . Within three seasons he developed his game and gained the recognition in the league to be chosen to his first of many all-star game selections.