A trip down memory lane… Kobe’s first pro game

We here at TheLakersNation.com don’t get the day off like Phil gave the Lakers, but we’re still ready for basketball. Here is a look back at Kobe’s first NBA game:

Jbomb: Have you ever wondered what Kobe Bryant looks like when he was entering the NBA at 17 years old? I’ve found a nice video of Kobe’s first pro game and first 2 points as a Laker (It’s definitely not an NBA regular season game, with that 3 three-point lines.) Smirking with a weird-looking jumper, the #32 Kobe Bryant didn’t look like a future MVP at that time…

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  • MeloMamba

    d-fish is there also, bringin the ball up

  • Ben

    It’s a Summer Pro League game at Long Beach State.

  • KBeat

    I was there! I was also there for Bynum’s first game. If you haven’t done it, I highly recommend checking out the summer pro league at the Pyramid in Long Beach. It’s a cheap ticket and it’s a great way to get to know the Laker’s draft picks before the season starts.

  • Lakers 24 7

    ..the original video footage should be worth a couple mill in a few years…lol

  • razz

    He has not stopped shooting yet!!!!!

  • Smush Walton

    I believe the Lakers no longer participate in the Long Beach Summer Pro League. They switched to the Las Vegas Summer League. I think the last year in Long Beach was Jordan’s rookie year. I recall seeing him play in Long Beach in “The Pyramid” that year.

  • RWHITE

    How does Kobe have a “weird” shot haha

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  • ab4sure

    I was at that game and still have the ticket. Both Fish and Kobe had very good games. You can tell kobe was going to be a special player that night.

  • imfasterthanur

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    It almost resembles Garnett’s release (*I threw up in my mouth saying his name). High and slow and a slight kick after the release.

  • james

    i don’t see how kobe has a weird jumper…