ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As a high school player at Lower Merion High School, Kobe Bryant was highly regarded enough to become a first-round draft pick straight out of high school. Once he got to the NBA, Kobe has always been about looking forward, not back.
But sometimes it’s fun to look back. In this video unearthed by LakersNation, we find Kobe Bryant as a high school junior, and he was just as dominant as he became in the NBA. In these highlights — which really are maximum ’90s, from the graphics to the music to the clothes — we see Kobe’s Lower Merion against Norristown. In this game, Kobe scored 18 in the fourth quarter to lead a come-from-behind win. He also showed off a similar array of celebrations as we’ve seen from him in recent years. And the really amazing thing is when Kobe speaks on camera after the highlights, as he sounds pretty much exactly the same as he sounds in interviews today.
VIDEO: High school Kobe