Kobe has grown up right here in Los Angeles in front of our eyes... I remember meeting him when he was 17years old, just drafted by the Lakers. We were at the Beverly Center, he was with his parents. I came up to him and told him I was a huge Laker fan and that I was happy the Lakers had drafted him. After he signed an autograph he looked at me and said "If you are such a big Laker fan, why are you wearing a Phoenix Suns shirt ?" - it was pretty funny. I told him it was because by friend Cheryl Miller coaches the Mercury in Phoenix and she game me the shirt. Kobe said " that's cool, Cheryl is the best female player ever..." with that he gave me a high five and walked away. Of course I have been a big fan ever since.
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