Sports Illustrated Kobe Bryant Special Retirement Tribute Issue: From Kid to Champ to Leader to Legend by Sports Illustrated
Twilight the Saga
Even during his early days, well before he became a dominant force and consistent playing time was a struggle, there was always something about him. Kobe always had a star quality and media attention always followed. Once he won the Slam Dunk contest as a rookie things were off and running. He was voted as an All-Star the following year at just 19 years old and just a couple months later he would hit another milestone. On April 27, , Kobe would make his first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. The potential was obvious and the Lakers had been looking for a true star perimeter player ever since Magic retired.
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T he thick-armed man moves quickly, establishing a perimeter and securing the entryway. Just a year ago teenagers in Shanghai scaled police cars to get a view. Now Attila and his counterpart, a buzz-cut L. They arrive wearing Kobe jerseys and shirts that read ring collector and 24 on the floor. They carry poster boards and giant banners. One reads pray for kobe , above a photo of Bryant holding his cracked kneecap. Another reads forever young , with the tagline to the great father, excellent player.
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