17-Year-Old Kobe Bryant Destroyed NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins in Pickup Games (VIDEO)
Just when you think you’ve heard just about every story on Kobe Bryant and how raw he was as a youngster, somebody comes out with a new one.
Actor Jaleel White, who played Steve Urkel on Family Matters, recounts a story when a young Kobe Bryant absolutely destroyed members of the UCLA Bruins, a squad that just came off winning the 1995 National Championship by beating Arkansas 89–78 for the school’s 11th title.
“I was attending UCLA when Kobe moved from Philadelphia to L.A.,” White said.
“So, he used to hang out at UCLA a lot and I would watch him play our UCLA basketball team … and I’m telling you — probably the greatest pickup games I’ve ever seen in my life!
“I watched him destroy young men’s dreams at 17 … and we had just won a ’95 championship that year so we had a lot of guys on the team that were pretty cocky.
“He wanted to just sh*t on anybody who thought they could play basketball in the city and that’s what he did!”