Remembering Kobe Bryant: Players, Coaches, and Broadcasters Recall the Greatest Basketball Player of His Generation

Remembering Kobe Bryant: Players, Coaches, and Broadcasters Recall the Greatest Basketball Player of His Generation


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Let Stephen Curry, Charles Barkley, Grant Hill, Reggie Miller, and more, tell you what it was like to take the floor against one of the Greatest of All Time. With a Foreword by Jerry West, and a new tribute from the author about Kobe’s tragic death.

When he entered the NBA in 1996 as a high-school star from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, Kobe Bryant faced enormous expectations. No one can deny that he rose to the challenge. Today Bryant’s status as a future Hall of Fame player is assured. During his stellar career, Bryant won five NBA championships; was a seventeen-time All-Star, NBA MVP, and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He led the league in scoring in 2006 and 2007.

Now for the first time, hear stories from opponents, teammates, and players about what it was like to go against Kobe in Remembering Kobe Bryant. Contributors include:
  • Chris Webber
  • Jeff Van Gundy
  • Rick Barry
  • Doc Rivers
  • Dwayne Wade
  • Draymond Green
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • And many more
Kobe Bryant was the greatest basketball player of his generation—a former schoolboy prodigy whose moves are now imitated in gyms and playgrounds around the world. Remembering Kobe Bryant provides an unprecedented glimpse into what it was like to play against one of the best of all time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613219775
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Series: Facing
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 35,995
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Sean Deveney is a journalist who has covered all aspects of sports throughout his career. Formerly with the Sporting News, he currently writes for, Forbes SportsMoney, and NBA Alumni. The author of Facing Michael Jordan, Fun City, Greed and Glory, and Before Wrigley Became Wrigley.

Jerry West played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960 to 1974, earning All-Star honors in each of those years and induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980. He was the Lakers’ general manager from 1982 to 1994 and executive vice president of basketball operations from 1995 to 2000.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jerry West vii

Introduction xi

Part 1 Kobe Rises 1

Gregg Downer (Coach) 5

Dave Cowens (Hall of Fame center/forward, Coach) 12

Barry Hecker (Coach/executive) 17

Stu Jackson (Coach/executive) 21

Antonio Harvey (Power forward/broadcaster) 26

Cedric Ceballos (Forward) 31

Eddie Johnson (Small forward/shooting guard) 37

Part 2 The Shaq-and-Kobe Years 43

Baron Davis (Guard) 48

Blue Edwards (Forward/guard) 52

Jamal Crawford (Guard) 56

Reggie Miller (Hall of Fame guard) 59

Jalen Rose (Guard/forward) 63

Richard Jefferson (Forward) 67

Chris Webber (Forward) 70

Brent Barry (Guard/forward) 74

Jeff Van Gundy (Coach) 77

Brian Shaw (Guard) 79

Part 3 A Laker Rebirth 85

Rick Barry (Hall of Fame forward) 88

Grant Hill (Forward) 93

Morris Peterson (Forward) 97

Chuck Swirsky (Broadcaster) 99

Stephen Curry (Guard) 103

Doc Rivers (Coach) 106

Jo Jo White (Hall of Fame guard) 108

Tony Allen (Guard/forward) 111

James Posey (Forward) 113

Eric Musselman (Coach) 116

Alvin Gentry (Coach) 121

Dwyane Wade (Guard) 124

Tim Grover (Trainer) 128

Draymond Green (Forward) 131

Charles Barkley (Hall of Fame forward) 134

Part 4 Legacy 137

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Guard/forward) 140

Khris Middleton (Forward/guard) 142

Will Barton (Guard) 145

Adam Silver (NBA Commissioner) 148

Zaza Pachulia (Center) 150

Jerry Colangelo (Executive and owner) 152

Karl-Anthony Towns (Center/forward) 155

Isaiah Thomas (Guard) 157

Metta World Peace (Forward) 159

Dominique Wilkins (Hall of Fame forward) 164

Part 5 Quotes, Quips, and Tidbits 169

Russell Westbrook 170

John Wall 171

Gregg Popovich 172

Kyle Lowry 173

Carmelo Anthony 174

Kobe Bryant-By the Numbers 176

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