Lakers: The Showtime DPOY Who Worked on Rookie Kobe Bryant – All Lakers

June 23, 1996 was a momentous date in the Laker tradition.

June 23 was the day L.A. first trained Kobe Ben Bryant, then a star at Lower Merrion High School in Philadelphia who took Brandy to prom. The 6’6″ shooting guard was primed to be a talented second-generation NBA player as the son of striker Joe “Jilippin” Bryant, but no one expected how far he could cap it to the next level.