Experience of Kobe
At Lower Merion Hifg School in suburban Philadelphia, Kobe won recognition across the United States for his amazing high school career. As a newcomer, Bryant can start on the school basketball team (third and fourth grades).
As the first defender to join the Los Angeles Lakers directly from high school in the NBA draft in 1996, Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the 13th place in the first round of 1996.
However, according to Arn Tellem, Bryant’s agent,chick Bryant’s playing with the Charlotte Hornets was “impossible”. However, Bill Branch, then the Charlotte Hornets’ chief scout, said the Hornets had agreed to trade draft rights with the Lakers the day before the draft. During Bryant’s rookie season, he spent most of his time as a substitute for Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.
He became the youngest player in NBA history (the record was later broken by teammate Andrew Bynum) and he is also the youngest starter in NBA history. Initially, Kobe’s playing time was limited, but as the season went on, Kobe gradually got more playing time. At the end of the season, he averaged 15.5 minutes per game. On the NBA All-Star weekend, Bryant won the 1997 All-Star Dunking Championship, and the 18-year-old Bryant became the youngest dunking champion in the history of the NBA.