Several pieces of Kobe Bryant memorabilia were stolen from Lower Merion High School sometime Sunday evening. The lock was broken on a display case, where thieves took a framed replica of Bryant’s old Lower Merion jersey, the team’s 1996 Boys Basketball state championship trophy, the net from the title game and several pairs of Nike sneakers signed by the Los Angeles Lakers Hall Of Famer.
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“We’re bummed,” said Doug Young, Lower Merion’s director of community relations, who also was a high school teammate of Bryant. ” It’s a replica jersey, it’s not even the jersey he wore in high school, I’m not sure what someone would do with a state championship trophy. For us, the items are important because they represent some really wonderful memories.”
Police: Kobe’s prep memorabilia, including 1996 state title trophy, stolen from his high school. https://t.co/nDf3tdjjls
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Bryant was a four-year starter for Lower Merion where he played on the varsity team as a freshman and during his junior year, averaged 31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists while being named Pennsylvania Player of the Year. He attracted attention from many college recruiters in the process, including Duke, Michigan, North Carolina and Villanova, who were at the top of his list.
In his senior year of high school, Bryant led the Aces to their first state championship in 53 years. He averaged 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.8 blocked shots while also ending his high school career as southeastern Pennsylvania’s all-time leading scorer with 2,883 points, surpassing both Wilt Chamberlain and Lionel Simmons.
Bryant received several awards for his performance his senior year including being named Naismith High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year, a McDonald’s All-American and a USA Today All-USA first team player. Bryant would ultimately skip going to college and pursue the pros.
Bryant was chosen as the 13th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA draft, but the Hornets agreed to trade their draft selection to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would go on to play 20 years in the NBA, earning 5 championships and 1 league MVP. He is an 18-time All-Star With career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Bryant is the only player in NBA history to have at least 30,000 career points and 6,000 career assists, and is one of only four players with 25,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 6,000 assists.