Bryant shines in Lakers win over the Suns back in 1996…
After the latest group of prospects showcased their skills at this year’s NBA Summer League, this video looks back at Kobe Bryant’s big performance back in 1996.
The then-17-year-old had much to prove after becoming the first guard drafted into the NBA out of high school, and while fans have grown accustomed to such performances in the time since, it is fascinating to look back and see how he started.
The Lakers legend is currently hoping to regain full fitness ahead of the new season after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, but it promises to be a struggle for the franchise in a competitive Western Conference after losing Pau Gasol this summer to the Chicago Bulls in free agency.
While Los Angeles will welcome Julius Randle to the franchise after he was selected in the first round of the Draft, Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer will also be looking to make a significant impact in the coming year.
However, it’s time to turn back the clock as Bryant delivers a masterful performance in his teenage years: