The night of June 26, 1996 is an evening that I will always remember. The National Basketball Association held what many consider was the greatest draft in its 71-year history. In the seasons that followed, the players selected in the 1996 Draft accumulated MVP Awards, multiple All-Star Game appearances, and NBA Championships. Many of them were special (Ray AllenSteve NashStephon Marbury), while another reached iconic status and heavily influenced the culture that we live in today (Allen Iverson). However, out of all the individuals that were drafted during the summer of ’96, only one has emerged from the rest of the pack, and his name was Kobe Bryant.

As Kobe Bryant walked across that stage in New Jersey as a teenager with the world at his fingertips; he never would have thought that he would step on another stage almost 22 years later… accepting an Oscar...

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