Lots of players were dubbed ‘the next Michael Jordan.’ Kobe Bryant met the hype | The Class of ’96

Lots of players were dubbed ‘the next Michael Jordan.’ Kobe Bryant met the hype | The Class of ’96

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On this episode of The Class of ’96, Bomani Jones looks at the life and career of Kobe Bryant. The 13th pick in the 1996 NBA draft out of high school, Bryant was the rare player anointed as “the next Michael Jordan” to live up to the title. He won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and was equally prolific off the court as both a brand icon and a creative force.
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0:00 The story of Kobe Bryant
1:31 An incomparable legacy
3:19 The beginning
5:49 The prime years
8:11 Defining moment: The Achilles Game

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