June 26, 1996 in sports history: 'Incredible' talent and an 'electric smile'

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:48 am    Post subject: June 26, 1996 in sports history: 'Incredible' talent and an 'electric smile'

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With the first pick in the NBA Draft, the 76ers selected Georgetown guard Allen Iverson, who, although not a fan of practicing, turned out OK.

It was another pick later in the first round, however, that really generated buzz. Charlotte selected 17-year-old Lower Merion (Pa.) High School star Kobe Bryant, who was already rumored to be headed elsewhere. The Hornets confirmed a trade was in the works.

"I'm in the NBA," Bryant said, flashing a smile. "It feels like heaven."

"No one else's smile was quite so electric," the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote. "No one else seemed quite so relaxed, waving and winking and flirting with the cameras. Kobe Bryant may be 17, the baby of the NBA draft, but the teenager picked by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 13 last night acted like he'd always been a full-blown adult celebrity."


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:22 am    Post subject: Re: June 26, 1996 in sports history: 'Incredible' talent and an 'electric smile'

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With the first pick in the NBA Draft, the 76ers selected Georgetown guard Allen Iverson, who, although not a fan of practicing, turned out OK.

It was another pick later in the first round, however, that really generated buzz. Charlotte selected 17-year-old Lower Merion (Pa.) High School star Kobe Bryant, who was already rumored to be headed elsewhere. The Hornets confirmed a trade was in the works.

"I'm in the NBA," Bryant said, flashing a smile. "It feels like heaven."

"No one else's smile was quite so electric," the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote. "No one else seemed quite so relaxed, waving and winking and flirting with the cameras. Kobe Bryant may be 17, the baby of the NBA draft, but the teenager picked by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 13 last night acted like he'd always been a full-blown adult celebrity."


https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/june-26-in-sports-history-incredible-talent-and-an-electric-smile/ar-BB15Y3ZW?ocid=mailsignout

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:16 pm    Post subject:

I remember the day before my birthday

I haven't watched that draft video in years would feel weird to do so.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:50 am    Post subject:



It's still unreal that Kobe's not here anymore.
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