How Kobe Bryant Created His Own Olympic Dream Team

Kobe Bryant was 17 when he worked out for the Phoenix Suns before the 1996 N.B.A. draft. Jerry Colangelo, who owned the team at the time, already knew a great deal about Bryant, who had emerged from Lower Merion High School in suburban Philadelphia as the flashiest phenom of his generation. Colangelo knew, for example, …

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