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Even high school Kobe was a fourth-quarter bad a** (VIDEO)

Aug 19, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

This video is a perfect fit with the mythology of Kobe Bryant — even in high school, come the fourth quarter the game was his. He was cold-blooded even then.

This is from 1995, when Kobe Bryant was a junior at Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia and leading his team deep into the playoffs (that year he averaged (31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game). The next year as a senior he would lead the school to the state championship.

Already at this age he showed some of the same skills — he could shoot the three or finish at the rim, and you better not let him get to the elbow area or it’s over.

Although the best part of this may be just how ’90s the show is — the graphics, the clothes, everything. Thrown in Montell Jordan singing “This is how we do it” and it would be perfect 1995.

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  1. dexregeant - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    lol the music though…

    • stayhigh_247 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      don’t forget those pleats in dudes slacks, video was so cheesy in the 90’s.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    “The myth of Kobe bryant continues to grow.” Do you know what the word “myth” means? Shouldn’t you have used “legend?”

    • getlow81 - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      I LOL-ed big time when I read that on the front page!

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        I hate being “that guy” that complains about grammar on blogs. I know this isn’t “The New Yorker” but this guys posts have alarming mistakes almost every damn time

    • antistratfordian - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      He ended up using it right though. Kobe as the king of crunch time IS a myth. Perhaps it was a freudian slip.

  3. explosionsauce - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    noun: myth; plural noun: myths
    a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
    synonyms: folk tale, folk story, legend, tale, story, fable, saga, mythos, lore, folklore, mythology
    “ancient Greek myths”
    traditional stories or legends collectively.
    “the heroes of Greek myth”
    a widely held but false belief or idea.
    “he wants to dispel the myth that sea kayaking is too risky or too strenuous”
    a misrepresentation of the truth.
    “attacking the party’s irresponsible myths about privatization”
    a fictitious or imaginary person or thing.
    an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing.
    “the book is a scholarly study of the Churchill myth”
    synonyms: misconception, fallacy, false notion, old wives’ tale, fairy tale/story, fiction; More

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      that covers a lot of Kobe…

      like the myth that he’s a great scorer…

      he scores a lot because he shoots a lot. he’s not great at scoring.

      those great at scoring, like KD and LBJ, do so much more efficiently than the inefficient Kobe.

      Lucky for Kobe that Melo’s out there as he’s even more inefficient than Kobe is…

      He’s great at scoring a lot of points inefficiently… now that is NOT a myth…

      Gonna be a GREAT season… can’t wait…

      Lakers battling for the 9th or 10th seed in the West…

      Knicks battling for the 9th or 10th seed in the East…

      Who will win more games? The Kobe’s or the Melo’s?

      Melo is cheating by playing in the weak East so he has a better chance at 38 wins than the Kobe’s do.

      Kobe’s 34 to 37 wins.

      Melo’s 38 to 39 wins.

      • musician0785 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        so the 4th leading scorer all time who got there shooting LESS than Jordan, Malone, and kareem ….scores a lot a because he shoots a lot…..ok….

        all time fg attempts: Malone 26,210
        Jordan 24,537
        Jabar 28,307
        Kobe 24,374

        wanna try that argument again?

      • blackman24 - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        Inefficient? Let’s take a look at some of the so called top scorers and their TS% since you say Melo and Kobe aren’t good scorers as you claim.


        Jordan TS% 57%
        Kobe TS% 56%
        Lebron TS% 58
        KD TS% 60%
        Melo TS% 55%

        You call Kobe inefficient, but according to the crap PER you and Anti seem to throw around, Kobe has been in the top 10 11 out of the last 13 years in that category. You’re pathetic dude.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM


        There’s nothing that your pretty stats can do to fool us. My one question to you is have you seen more then 10 games of Kobe. You can not argue he is not a great scorer. Hate him allllll you want but it is pure ignorance for you to say that. I would go on a tangent about it but I get bkocked for long post. Pbt has it out for me.

  4. 00maltliquor - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Crazy how 3 of the 10 players on the court are no longer walking and breathing amongst us. It’s pretty sad, especially since no one in that video should be over 38-39.

    Great find though on the video. It may just be me, but you could tell there was something special in that kid Kobe in that after game interview. Good stuff.

    • limonadamas - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Three of the players died?? What happened?

      Kobe basically looks like the same player… Different interview though. hahaha

  5. stayhigh_247 - Aug 19, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    The Young Mamba!

  6. patfic5 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    So humble….

  7. patfic5 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Plus as Phil pointed out, this guy did that crap on purpose. Loafing through the 1st half…trying to make his name during the 4th…

  8. antistratfordian - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    “Someone told me that in high school, Kobe used to sabotage his own games. So the game could be close. So he could dominate at the end. To sabotage the team process, to be so self-centered in your own process–it’s almost stupefying.”

    – Phil Jackson

    • justorion - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      That’s dumb of Phil to say. I like him but really, point fingers at folks where you have no truth, not classy

    • musician0785 - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Anything to hate on Kobe….pathetic

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        the truth is always a defense sir…

        why EVEN in the NBA, Kobe has gotten perturbed when folks said he shot too much and he went games and halves of games, even 2 yrs ago, where he would NOT shoot.

        he was trying to MAKE A POINT.

        no hating needed. he did it then and he continues to do it in the NBA…

        when Kobe wasn’t shooting to make a point, it was talked about and written about too.

        he was SULKING and POUTING.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        From 2006

        For those of you who live under a rock – or in some completely soccer mad country, which is almost the same thing – and missed it, Kobe Bryant basically pouted away a Game 7 vs. the Phoenix Suns the other night. Lightly criticized in the Los Angeles papers for going off for 50 points and supposedly ignoring his teammates in a Game 6 loss, and no doubt urged by Phil Jackson to get those teammates involved in Game 7, Kobe decided to stage one of his shot boycotts.

        So with the Lakers down 15 points at halftime, the most dominant player in the NBA, the guy who dropped 81 on the Raptors earlier this season, refused to shoot in the second half. Kobe took three shots total in the last 24 minutes – what he gets up in some single minutes – and the Lakers got humiliated.

        Anyone who’s followed Kobe knows this isn’t exactly new behavior. He did the same thing against the Kings in a game a year ago. But this was Game 7 of the playoffs.

        And that makes it the single most selfish act in team sports since Phil Mickelson switched equipment brands right before the Ryder Cup two years ago.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        many times Kobe has quit shooting to make a point, to pout.

        now, when a man in his 30’s with multi championships under his belt and is widely considered one of the all time greats in the sport still does things like this with all that behind him, it lets us all know that he is childish, immature etc…

        at 32, 33, 34 yrs old, he shouldn’t have to do these things.

        yet this is how Kobe has CHOSEN to respond. he quits shooting. writers said “shot boycotts” as they happened back in 2005, 2006 and they happened a couple of seasons ago too.

        not the way a veteran champion who is an all time great should respond.

        and if he’ll respond that way as a grown man, I have no doubt believing he did things like that in high school, so he could “save” and “rescue” his team in the 4th quarter.

        I mean I’d forgive him as he was just in high school.

        but to do in the playoffs, as an all time great?

      • musician0785 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        continues? care to give me an specific example of this happening recently? You talk about he did it a couple of seasons ago, but the only reference to any of this is from 8 years ago, when he wasn’t in his 30’s…..and before that HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL……like I said before, anything to hate on Kobe…..pathetic

      • musician0785 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        When was this game against the kings? Because i just looked at the box score for lakers v kings every game for the last 3 years, because he didn’t play last year and the only thing I find is hitting the game winner against the kings 1/1/10, and the game he sat out instead of going for the scoring title so he could rest for the playoffs 4/27/12 but go ahead and keep making stuff up for your own personal Kobe hating essays

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM


        obviously not last season…

        but the year before with Nash injured and Dwight on the team, Kobe went into his “facilitator” mode (read NOT SHOOTING).

        The article I included above was from 2006 and I did so to show it wasn’t new is all. I was just the messenger. I didn’t write that article. OTHERS were writing and saying things like that about Kobe.

        About the KINGS, if you read what I wrote, you’d see it happened in a game in 2005 so I don’t know why you took time to look up boxscores from the past 3 seasons, for every game too…

        I was trying to show that Kobe has done things from high school on. It was NOT an isolated thing.

        he’s done it and it’s been written about online from years ago and up to recently when he was shooting and scoring too much and they continued to lose in the 12/13 season.

        remember all the 30 point games Kobe had and yet the team lost like 90% of them?

        he was getting ragged and then he went into facilitator mode and passed the ball and had games were he only took like 10 shots the whole game.

        he goes from one extreme to the other.

        don’t blame me for saying this, this is common knowledge and written about by others.

        i’m just the messenger here sir.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM


        last comment

        This went on longer but the first article I found was from Dec 11th of 2012 in the 12/13 season with Dwight Howard.

        “Kobe Bryant pays no mind to Lakers’ 1-9 record when he scores 30+ points
        Posted on December 11, 2012 by Mark Medina
        CLEVELAND — In what Kobe Bryant considers to be a “funny stat,” the Lakers are 1-9 when he’s scored at least 30 points in a game.”

        Again, it kept going though as that was their record through just the first ten 30 point games Kobe had.

        Kobe grew tired of being ragged and then went the other way. Guess what? They began to win.

        “Data supports claim that if Kobe stops ball hogging the Lakers will win more
        Posted on January 28, 2013 by Rafael Irizarry
        The Lakers recently snapped a four game losing streak. In that game Kobe, the league leader in field goal attempts and missed shots, had a season low of 14 points but a season high of 14 assists. This makes sense to me since Kobe shooting less means more efficient players are shooting more. Kobe has a lower career true shooting % than Gasol, Howard and Nash (ranked 17,3 and 2 respectively). Despite this he takes more than 1/4 of the shots.”

        CHECK this out Musician

        “Commentators usually praise top scorers no matter what, but recently they have started looking at data and noticed that the Lakers are 6-22 when Kobe has more than 19 field goal attempts and 12-3 in the rest of the games.”

        So, news like this was being talked about in Dec of 2012 and in Jan of 2013.

        About Kobe scoring 30 points or more and the team losing. About the team losing a lot when he took 19 or more field goal attempts.

        And the team winning a LOT (12 and 3) when he took less than 19 shots.

        Kobe became perturbed and began not shooting.

        Thing is they won a few games and then even Kobe had to quit being surely about it.

        Kobe had 39 assists in a three game stretch in 3 games in late Jan of 2013… ALL Laker wins too.

        But it took Kobe being Kobe, being criticized about it and then him to quit shooting and distribute more and THEN the team won some games…

        This was only last yr in that it was in 2013 and its 2014 right now…

      • patfic5 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Using the word “hate” anytime the truth is mentioned…pathetic.

  9. loungefly74 - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Kobe was a gamer from the start. great seeing early footage of an all time great.

  10. rrhoe - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Simon Gratz was a powerhouse baby,Rasheed Wallace alma mater…….

  11. bryanhamade - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    It’s interesting to see Kobe actually excited to talk to the media.

    • patfic5 - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      He was learning his love of hearing himself speak.

  12. imakcds - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    well, you know any article about Kobe will be followed by endless hateful comments..
    and it’s fine to have an opinion, but when it’s an OBVIOUS and BLATANT OBSSESSION, can’t you even recognize how PATHETIC you are??
    I especially love the ones that post a 30 paragraph dissertation, complete with complicated stats to explain their all consuming passion.

    umm, GET A LIFE sure is appropriate here.

  13. billtetley53 - Aug 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Great job sportsfan! You see how Pissy eyes musician disappears when he gets the facts thrown in his face? He always asks for “proof” and when he gets it, he just runs away like his hair is on fire.

    I’ve never seen anyone defend kobe this much, like he was a close relative, not even Monetti. But hey, at least Monetti had something to say besides “anything to hate on kobe”.

    For a guy that wants proof all the time, he certainly doesnt offer up any regarding the opposite. If he doesnt like the facts, its just hate. Him and others like him are why the lakers fanbase, by and large is so detestable. Im sure IF he comes back, he will be waving banners in your face

    • musician0785 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      “For a guy that wants proof all the time, he certainly doesnt offer up any regarding the opposite.”

      So the list I posted of the top 4 scorers all time and their corresponding shot attempts isn’t proof “regarding the opposite” ?

      I’ll wait…..

    • musician0785 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      not sure how I “disappeared” when IM THE ONLY ONE WHO POSTED ACTUAL STATS…….

  14. billtetley53 - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Ima, its a FACT based argument. Not all of us are kobe slurpers.
    Dont know how you guys can have him as a “hero”(grown men with heroes,yuck) aftere Colorado anyway.

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