With the NBA season on the horizon, and Kobe Bryant finally nearing a full competitive return with the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s worth remembering what he was like in high school. Namely, an unstoppable physical beast who could score, distribute and defend better than anyone in the state of Pennsylvania.
The Lower Merion legend graduated in 1996, after which he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets and immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The rest is history, though it’s worth looking back at the history he had already made at Lower Merion. This compilation of Kobe’s top 10 high school plays, compiled by the good folks at House of Hoops, is a near-terrifying reminder of just how dominant Bryant was in his prep days.
He flies by defenders. He flies over defenders. He tears through defenses and he distributes to wide open teammates, most of whom were wide open because every single player trying to defend Lower Merion was focused on stopping Kobe.
Of course, none of that worked. Not a bit of it. And Kobe proved so impressive that he leapt right to the first round of the NBA Draft, and from there to a surefire Hall of Fame NBA career. And all of it has been pretty fun to watch, don’t you think?