Kobe Bryant: A Man of Great Basketball Talents/Achievements
As a “young guy,” my three favorite NBA basketball players were Wilt Chamberlain, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Brad Davis—my favorite college players were Charlie Beasley and Alicia Rattay. I was not a major fan of Kobe Bean Bryant, either as a basketball player or as a person, but I was an admirer of his skills, perseverance, and endurance. And, I was jealous of his infectious GRIN. He always seemed to have that “child-like” look that drew folks to him and made me wonder what humorous detail he had just heard!
And, I always liked his father’s nickname—Jelly Bean!
If I misstate a few details, it is because I read the wrong write-ups, not because I tried to misstate the actual facts.
KOBE died January 26, 2020, in Calabasas, CA, and was born August 23, 1978, in Philadelphia, PA. His “playing” size was listed as 6’ 6” and 212 lbs. He was named after a city and/or a famous beef in Japan, and was born to Joe “Jelly Bean” Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. His middle name supposedly was derived from his father’s nickname!
Young Bryant had early years in Italy, as his father continued his basketball career there after retiring from the NBA. Kobe began playing basketball there at an early age.
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