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Born: August 23, 1978
High School: Lower Merion
Drafted: Hornets 1st Round #13 (1996)
Best Rookie on eBay: 1996-97 Topps Chrome #138
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Kobe originally was drafted by the Hornets - and was traded late on draft day to the Lakers
Kobe Bryant wore the jersey number 8 for the first part of career before switching to #24
Bryant came directly to the NBA from High School which is not allowed under current NBA rules.
Kobe's father, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant played in the NBA and internationaly.