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Gibby23
02-03-2012, 12:39 PM
http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/487a2e0a.jpg
http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/a1116933.jpg
http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/070382a2.jpg

But they took Antoine Walker instead.

JasonJohnHorn
02-03-2012, 12:59 PM
How different the basketball universe would have been if Kobe spent his entire career wearing Green and White instead of Purple and Yellow.

Pierzynski4Prez
02-03-2012, 01:12 PM
Walker was clearly the better pick

Cal827
02-03-2012, 01:15 PM
Walker was clearly the better pick

This. What has Kobe ever done that was special, in his career?

adidas2307
02-03-2012, 01:18 PM
So eerie to think about Kobe in a Celtics uniform. The NBA landscape would be very interesting to see now.

BigBongTheory
02-03-2012, 01:26 PM
This. What has Kobe ever done that was special, in his career?
Nothing man, not a damn thing. it's a shame really, always thought he was going to be a decent player.

JasonJohnHorn
02-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Walker was the right pick that year. While gifted atheltically, Kobe was a HUGE gamble at the time. Immature, selfish and not that great a shooter. Walker was ready to step into the NBA and bring an allstar calibre performance his first season. Walker was a 20/10 player with a great college career where Kobe was a chucker that just came out of highschool, and practically nobody wanted to pick a higschool player. Garnett broke that wall, and Shawn Kemp as well, but picking up a wing player out of highschool? That is a project. The Lakers had the depth in the back court to take on a project like that at the time, Boston didnt. They needed somebody that would contribute immediately.

Walker was the right pick at the time.

blystr2002
02-03-2012, 01:32 PM
You can't blame the Celtics. At the time, Walker was the better pick. I mean Kobe fell to 13. If anything the Hornets should hate themselves for trading him for Vlade Divac

FrenchSunsFan
02-03-2012, 01:35 PM
Guys , I remember the 1996 draft who was forged by the Lakers , yes they stolen Kobe and that s why now the high school players can ' t going to the NBA.:puke:

FrenchSunsFan
02-03-2012, 01:37 PM
You can't blame the Celtics. At the time, Walker was the better pick. I mean Kobe fell to 13. If anything the Hornets should hate themselves for trading him for Vlade Divac

They traded him cause he refused to play for NO , he knows he ll be a "Laker" before the draft.

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 01:37 PM
Walker was the right pick that year. While gifted atheltically, Kobe was a HUGE gamble at the time. Immature, selfish and not that great a shooter. Walker was ready to step into the NBA and bring an allstar calibre performance his first season. Walker was a 20/10 player with a great college career where Kobe was a chucker that just came out of highschool, and practically nobody wanted to pick a higschool player. Garnett broke that wall, and Shawn Kemp as well, but picking up a wing player out of highschool? That is a project. The Lakers had the depth in the back court to take on a project like that at the time, Boston didnt. They needed somebody that would contribute immediately.

Walker was the right pick at the time.


Its funny looking back. the next year the Celtics could have taked Billups (they did) and T mac instead of Mercer. The draft order would have been about the same because Kobe wouldn't have made them a better team in his first year. It's funny how the draft is a crap shoot and you don't always know who will be a star in the NBA.

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 01:38 PM
They traded him cause he refused to play for NO , he knows he ll be a "Laker" before the draft.

Im sure he would have played for Boston.

blystr2002
02-03-2012, 01:41 PM
They traded him cause he refused to play for NO , he knows he ll be a "Laker" before the draft.

12 other teams could have taken him. He couldn't have said no to everybody. He was only a high school kid he didn't have that much power. Also, high school kids kept coming out up until a few years ago. It wasn't because of Kobe. It was because of all the failures that teams invested picks on that were out of the league in 2 years or less. Remember for every Kobe their was like 10 others taken and cut.

sep11ie
02-03-2012, 01:51 PM
Kobe is a role player. Walker is an ALL UNIVERSE once in a life time type player. What's the point of this thread? Boston picked right.

FrenchSunsFan
02-03-2012, 01:52 PM
Im sure he would have played for Boston.

No you 're wrong , he choosed L.A cause he liked the project with Phil Jackson and Shaq .

In 1996 everybody knowed Kobe was a prodige ,he was the best high school player of the nation with 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, 3.8 blocked shots per game .

shep33
02-03-2012, 02:07 PM
I disagree that he forced his way to LA. Why work out for a bunch of other teams then? He actually wanted to play for Philly and be the #1 pick because he's from there. However, AI was the right choice at the time.

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 02:08 PM
No you 're wrong , he choosed L.A cause he liked the project with Phil Jackson and Shaq .

In 1996 everybody knowed Kobe was a prodige ,he was the best high school player of the nation with 30.8 points, 12 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 4.0 steals, 3.8 blocked shots per game .

No you are wrong. He wanted a big market and Boston would have satisfied that and Phil didn't even coach him till his 3rd year, we had dell harris.

willabeast77
02-03-2012, 02:20 PM
Those pics look photoshopped, Kobe doesnt look much different in them from how he does look today.

LA4life24/8
02-03-2012, 02:28 PM
antoine walker? atoine walker? was a better pick THAT year??? i dont think so... idc if he was even the safe pick... teams a-z must always kick themselves when they have a chance at a once in a lifetime player and they pick someone else who really wasnt that great at all... thatd be like the cavs not taking lebron and picking darko and saying, oh well we needed a center so he was a better pick THAT year.. smh

king4day
02-03-2012, 02:40 PM
They traded him cause he refused to play for NO , he knows he ll be a "Laker" before the draft.

Just to nitpick a bit, it was Charlotte he didn't want to play for.
I think I read that the plan all along was for the Hornets to trade him to get Divac.


http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/487a2e0a.jpg
http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/a1116933.jpg
http://i1.hoopchina.com.cn/u/1202/02/273/329273/070382a2.jpg

But they took Antoine Walker instead.

Good find man.

JasonJohnHorn
02-03-2012, 02:41 PM
I thought Kobe was sporting the mini-fro back then?

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 02:49 PM
I thought Kobe was sporting the mini-fro back then?

He was bald, fro came in year 2 or 3.

sjbirds
02-03-2012, 02:51 PM
antoine walker? atoine walker? was a better pick THAT year??? i dont think so... idc if he was even the safe pick... teams a-z must always kick themselves when they have a chance at a once in a lifetime player and they pick someone else who really wasnt that great at all... thatd be like the cavs not taking lebron and picking darko and saying, oh well we needed a center so he was a better pick THAT year.. smh

cant compare kobe coming out and lebron coming out... kobe was a skinny kid and you really werent sure what was gonna happen... lebron had a nba body already... plus coverage back then was much different...no youtube... no hs games on espn or any other channel

Beltrans Mole
02-03-2012, 02:55 PM
It's a shame. Thought Kobe would've been a star in this league. The Celtics lucked out.

smith&wesson
02-03-2012, 03:07 PM
wow prime kobe & prime pierce :drool:

nstojic
02-03-2012, 03:09 PM
Nothing man, not a damn thing. it's a shame really, always thought he was going to be a decent player.

where you AT in the tennis forum, son?

blystr2002
02-03-2012, 03:11 PM
Yea, you can't compare Kobe to Lebron, Kg, Anybody because he was a real skinny guard. They weren't sure about high school kids without big bodies back then. Also, I read that it was planned not because Kobe was great ( Yes they were hoping for it), but because they wanted to get rid of Vlade contract. They didn't have Shaq yet and were clearing cap space to make a run at him.

iliketurtles24
02-03-2012, 03:19 PM
It's funny how bad grammer is in here.

nstojic
02-03-2012, 03:20 PM
It's funny how bad grammer is in here.

wait, I hope your'e not referring to me, are you?

Mr_Jones
02-03-2012, 03:27 PM
It's funny how bad grammer is in here.

Grammar

bmanjones
02-03-2012, 03:31 PM
Theres a crunchberry underneath the fridge.

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 03:32 PM
It's funny how bad grammer is in here.

This aint Pro Grammar Daily son!

Beltrans Mole
02-03-2012, 03:35 PM
Why is it that when someone pokes fun at someone else's grammar, they immediately look like a ****-**** by making a spelling error. Happens every time lol.

BALLER71
02-03-2012, 03:35 PM
Antoine Walker was ****ing nasty back in Kentucky.

MTar786
02-03-2012, 03:36 PM
kobe just wanted the celtics to witness the man that was gonna bring the lakers 5 rings. thats all

blystr2002
02-03-2012, 03:37 PM
It's funny how bad spelling grammar is in here. Besides, it is hard to have perfect grammar when your sneaking on sports blogs from work to put in a quick word.

MVP1
02-03-2012, 04:05 PM
Bah

ModernDaySavage
02-03-2012, 04:19 PM
It's funny how bad grammer is in here.

I hope you're trolling.

ModernDaySavage
02-03-2012, 04:20 PM
It's funny how bad spelling grammar is in here. Besides, it is hard to have perfect grammar when your sneaking on sports blogs from work to put in a quick word.

Lol.

Eagles710
02-03-2012, 04:25 PM
USELESS THREAD! ALERT , anyone can see that Walker, was a WAYYYY better player, just look at the stats, his SHIMY-SHAKE after every shot alone was better then, Kobe MR-UNCLUTCH Bryant.... WALKER FOR MVP!! im out :)

penuch
02-03-2012, 04:33 PM
antoine walker? atoine walker? was a better pick THAT year??? i dont think so... idc if he was even the safe pick... teams a-z must always kick themselves when they have a chance at a once in a lifetime player and they pick someone else who really wasnt that great at all... thatd be like the cavs not taking lebron and picking darko and saying, oh well we needed a center so he was a better pick THAT year.. smh

You can only say that because you have the luxury of hindsight. Nobody knew for sure what Kobe was at the time, he was still a project.Nobody could of told you for 100% certainty that he was a once in a lifetime player, we only know that now. High school doesn't always transfer to NBA, hell for most it doesn't. Walker was the safer pick that year for the celtics, because they knew he would be able to contribute right away. Of course now looking back was Kobe a better pick, OF COURSE, would he of been the right pick for the celtics at the time, NO!

Gram
02-03-2012, 05:14 PM
Guys , I remember the 1996 draft who was forged by the Lakers , yes they stolen Kobe and that s why now the high school players can ' t going to the NBA.:puke:

I seriously hope this is a joke...

Gram
02-03-2012, 05:17 PM
It's funny how bad spelling grammar is in here. Besides, it is hard to have perfect grammar when your sneaking on sports blogs from work to put in a quick word.

The bolded areas are areas of incorrect grammar.

theducksmuggler
02-03-2012, 05:41 PM
When any player works out with a team predraft they wear the teams gear that they are working out for...I don't find this interesting at all the celtics worked him out before the draft so he had to wear celtics stuff and obviously the celtics didn't like what they saw and picked Antoine Walker

shizzle09
02-03-2012, 06:44 PM
At least they got walker. How do the warriors feel choosing Todd fuller over Kobe! That's hilarious!!!

theheatles
02-03-2012, 06:49 PM
kobe was really close to being a net

shep33
02-03-2012, 07:07 PM
At least they got walker. How do the warriors feel choosing Todd fuller over Kobe! That's hilarious!!!

Wasn't Vitaly Potapenko taken over him too? I could be wrong

celtics 34
02-03-2012, 07:25 PM
Would kobe have developed though

xbrackattackx
02-03-2012, 08:13 PM
Trolls are out tonight.

Kobe and Pierce would have been fun to watch though....I bet one of them would ask to be traded though...they are both really arrogant in their pre primes, and up till the middle until they both became leaders. if it worked though...Scary two clutch players that can hit big shots.and get to the lines..

Corey
02-03-2012, 08:15 PM
As much as I hate to say it, Antoine was the safer pick at the time.

Bruno
02-03-2012, 08:24 PM
wow prime kobe & prime pierce :drool:

i brought this up in the Lakers forum; it wouldn't have been Pierce. Kobe was '96, Pierce was '98.

Boston had the worst record in '97 and should have taken Duncan, had they gotten the top pick. The Celtics curse continued, they fell when the ping-pong balls made Duncan a Spur, and Billups a Celtic.

It would have been Billups/Bryant in the back-court for the Celtics (maybe they still would have been bad enough in 97-98 to land Pierce in '98, but that would have been unlikely as Billups was somewhat NBA ready and Kobe would have been in his second year).

The alternative history i like to think about is Bryant and Duncan as Celtics for the past decade. If Boston made a different draft pick, and if the balls fell a bet differently in the '97 draft, that would have been reality.

Corey
02-03-2012, 08:38 PM
Thanks for ruining my Friday night, Bruno :sigh:

Bruno
02-03-2012, 08:40 PM
Thanks for ruining my Friday night, Bruno :sigh:

haha, sorry Corey. I'm not a fan of the lottery. Tim Duncan should have been a Celtic, and Derrick Rose should not be a Bull!

xbrackattackx
02-03-2012, 08:40 PM
i brought this up in the Lakers forum; it wouldn't have been Pierce. Kobe was '96, Pierce was '98.

Boston had the worst record in '97 and should have taken Duncan, had they gotten the top pick. The Celtics curse continued, they fell when the ping-pong balls made Duncan a Spur, and Billups a Celtic.

It would have been Billups/Bryant in the back-court for the Celtics (maybe they still would have been bad enough in 97-98 to land Pierce in '98, but that would have been unlikely as Billups was somewhat NBA ready and Kobe would have been in his second year).

The alternative history i like to think about is Bryant and Duncan as Celtics for the past decade. If Boston made a different draft pick, and if the balls fell a bet differently in the '97 draft, that would have been reality.

I was banking on them being bad and still drafting Pierce.


I would much rather have Duncan and Byrant than Walker and Pierce if I'm the celtics...How many champs would A Duncan and Kobe tandem have picked up? At least 2 IMO depending on who else they drafted and the rest of the team.

Bruno
02-03-2012, 08:50 PM
I was banking on them being bad and still drafting Pierce.


I would much rather have Duncan and Byrant than Walker and Pierce if I'm the celtics...How many champs would A Duncan and Kobe tandem have picked up? At least 2 IMO depending on who else they drafted and the rest of the team.

I think Duncan/Kobe could have racked five of the ten titles in the 2000's. they also could have taken the '99 and '10 title, depending on roster support and health.

it really depends on who Buss pairs with Shaq in absence of Bryant, and what/where guys like KG/Dirk/Billups/Nash/Iverson/Wallacex2 do/go.

it would have been very difficult for any team to have matched a Duncan/Bryant duo. i think had that happened, the Lakers would be nowhere close to the C's in total title count.

celtics 34
02-03-2012, 09:52 PM
haha, sorry Corey. I'm not a fan of the lottery. Tim Duncan should have been a Celtic, and Derrick Rose should not be a Bull!

Yea that lottery was rigged but imagine if miami got him

Ty Fast
02-03-2012, 09:53 PM
http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+boston&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=cvBFXGKYRDYQAM:&imgrefurl=http://www.nbaliveleague.com/teams/news.php%3FnewsId%3D729&docid=2YVF1nWilDp8yM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/KobeCelts.jpg&w=450&h=408&ei=Go8sT6TAO8Tj0QGyzbT8Cg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1087&vpy=131&dur=435&hovh=214&hovw=236&tx=175&ty=109&sig=101305645033065600312&page=1&tbnh=122&tbnw=135&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+bryant+in+celtics+jersey&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=XLSILKlw1gmq4M:&imgrefurl=http://www.butterfunk.com/image-10/boston%2Bceltics.htm&docid=FYJkC8-tJaqajM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/18deeb8c.jpg&w=509&h=734&ei=ZY8sT53tJIix0AHixf3VCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=176&vpy=108&dur=538&hovh=270&hovw=187&tx=123&ty=118&sig=101305645033065600312&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=92&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0

Ty Fast
02-03-2012, 09:54 PM
http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+bryant+in+celtics+jersey&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=SxjgcwJH4WZJSM:&imgrefurl=http://sportsreviewmagazine.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle% 26id%3D100:feeling-minnesota%26catid%3D8:robert-elkhorn%26Itemid%3D20&docid=iw1oy0BoeunYRM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/-kbceltics.jpg&w=660&h=439&ei=ZY8sT53tJIix0AHixf3VCg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=356&sig=101305645033065600312&page=6&tbnh=134&tbnw=164&start=130&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:130&tx=66&ty=80

Gibby23
02-03-2012, 09:59 PM
i brought this up in the Lakers forum; it wouldn't have been Pierce. Kobe was '96, Pierce was '98.

Boston had the worst record in '97 and should have taken Duncan, had they gotten the top pick. The Celtics curse continued, they fell when the ping-pong balls made Duncan a Spur, and Billups a Celtic.

It would have been Billups/Bryant in the back-court for the Celtics (maybe they still would have been bad enough in 97-98 to land Pierce in '98, but that would have been unlikely as Billups was somewhat NBA ready and Kobe would have been in his second year).

The alternative history i like to think about is Bryant and Duncan as Celtics for the past decade. If Boston made a different draft pick, and if the balls fell a bet differently in the '97 draft, that would have been reality.

Could have taken T mac over Mercer also, they has 2 first rounders the Billups year.

Bruno
02-03-2012, 10:54 PM
Yea that lottery was rigged but imagine if miami got him
Wade and Rose in the back-court? damn. it would have been interesting, I doubt LBJ goes to Miami. If Rose goes to Miami then maybe LBJ is a Knick, or stays in Cleveland. Maybe a Net? Who knows.



http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+boston&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&sa=N&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=cvBFXGKYRDYQAM:&imgrefurl=http://www.nbaliveleague.com/teams/news.php%3FnewsId%3D729&docid=2YVF1nWilDp8yM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/KobeCelts.jpg&w=450&h=408&ei=Go8sT6TAO8Tj0QGyzbT8Cg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1087&vpy=131&dur=435&hovh=214&hovw=236&tx=175&ty=109&sig=101305645033065600312&page=1&tbnh=122&tbnw=135&start=0&ndsp=22&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0

http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+bryant+in+celtics+jersey&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=XLSILKlw1gmq4M:&imgrefurl=http://www.butterfunk.com/image-10/boston%2Bceltics.htm&docid=FYJkC8-tJaqajM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/18deeb8c.jpg&w=509&h=734&ei=ZY8sT53tJIix0AHixf3VCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=176&vpy=108&dur=538&hovh=270&hovw=187&tx=123&ty=118&sig=101305645033065600312&page=1&tbnh=132&tbnw=92&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0


http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=kobe+bryant+in+celtics+jersey&um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1366&bih=612&tbm=isch&tbnid=SxjgcwJH4WZJSM:&imgrefurl=http://sportsreviewmagazine.com/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26view%3Darticle% 26id%3D100:feeling-minnesota%26catid%3D8:robert-elkhorn%26Itemid%3D20&docid=iw1oy0BoeunYRM&imgurl=http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn200/nbacardDOTnet/zz%252520NBA%252520Photo%252520Gallery/zz%252520Fantasy/Kobe%252520Bryant/-kbceltics.jpg&w=660&h=439&ei=ZY8sT53tJIix0AHixf3VCg&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=356&sig=101305645033065600312&page=6&tbnh=134&tbnw=164&start=130&ndsp=26&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:130&tx=66&ty=80

so weird!


Could have taken T mac over Mercer also, they has 2 first rounders the Billups year. wow. hindsight's a *****

Sly Guy
02-04-2012, 01:47 AM
How different the basketball universe would have been if Kobe spent his entire career wearing Green and White instead of Purple and Yellow.

I'd have loved the Kobe-Shaq rivalry if that were the case. Who'd have come out on top?

Sactown
02-04-2012, 02:32 AM
I'd have loved the Kobe-Shaq rivalry if that were the case. Who'd have come out on top?

Shaq was just an animal early in his career.. early 2000's would of gone to Shaq and Kobe would of demanded a trade. IMO. he's never satisfied unless he's on a contender

BTW I think they should eliminate the lottery and just give it to the worst team so the conspiracy **** can die...

Jolly Fats
02-04-2012, 06:10 AM
Guys , I remember the 1996 draft who was forged by the Lakers , yes they stolen Kobe and that s why now the high school players can ' t going to the NBA.:puke:

That's not why they changed the rules. They changed the rules because HS kids are risky but the GMs were in a position where they felt like they had to roll the dice. A lot of HS take timet o develop and by the time they do (if they do) their contract is up.

They changed the rules to minimize risk and to not have idle salary sitting on the bench.

Jolly Fats
02-04-2012, 06:11 AM
Shaq was just an animal early in his career.. early 2000's would of gone to Shaq and Kobe would of demanded a trade. IMO. he's never satisfied unless he's on a contender

BTW I think they should eliminate the lottery and just give it to the worst team so the conspiracy **** can die...

Or maybe they shouldn't have so many teams in the lottery?

Cal827
02-04-2012, 02:48 PM
haha, sorry Corey. I'm not a fan of the lottery. Tim Duncan should have been a Celtic, and Derrick Rose should not be a Bull!

AI wouldn't have been a Sixer.... if Stern didn't pass something preventing the Raptors (and Grizzlies) from winning the draft Lottery in their first years lol :mad:

sunsfan88
02-04-2012, 03:04 PM
Boston picking Walker over Kobe isnt nearly as bad as Portland picking Bowie over Jordan and then again picking Oden over Durant.