Before Kobe Bryant was an NBA superstar, a Los Angeles Lakers icon and a basketball legend, he was a Lower Merion Ace

Twenty years ago this season, as a high school senior, Bryant led Lower Merion to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania state championship. That was also his final season as an amateur, and as anything remotely resembling a normal teenager. Months later, he was playing in the NBA, against grown men before audiences of millions

Now Bryant is on a different cusp. He’s 37, slogging through the final season of his Lakers contract and visibly in the twilight of his career. Speculation abounds about how many more seasons he’ll play. Read more…

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My high school teammate, Kobe Bryant