Rare Footage Shows How Kobe Bryant Received Hate From Classmates During His High School Prom

Published 12/16/2021, 10:39 PM EST
Kobe Bryant answers questions during a press conference held at the Lakers training facility in El Segundo, Calif.. Thursday, July 15, 2004. Bryant chose the Lakers over the Clippers, remaining with the team he joined in 1996 at age 18 and later helped win three NBA championships. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)


NBA players receive love from all around the world. Being one of the biggest stars in the organization’s history, Kobe Bryant had a huge fan base. However, things were not the same for him in highschool. While he made it to the biggest level, his batch mates seemed to have something against Bryant at his prom.

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As a NBA legend, Bryant was a huge star. He entered the league straight out of high school and made a name for himself. He quickly grew into a fan favorite after a couple of impressive seasons alongside Shaquille O’Neal. In time, the ‘Mamba’ became the face of the league, and his fan base kept growing.

(Denver, Colorado – Friday, May 29, 2009) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant yells out in frustration after just missing a circus shot against the Nuggets defense late in the first half in game 6 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Pepsi Center. (Photo by Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

However, his high school batch mates did not seem to hop on to the Kobe train when it all began. At his prom, his fellow classmates did not seem to worry about him showing up.

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High school classmates hated Kobe Bryant?

As Bryant made headlines for coming into prom as a cultural sensation, his classmates seemed to not care. As pairs kept coming in for the prom, Bryant was running late. When the media questioned his classmates, they said it was their prom and they could do without Kobe Bryant there.

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Just like other students, Bryant wanted to attend a normal prom. However, his batch mates had something against the NBA legend. They felt it was Lower Merion’s prom and not just Bryant’s.

However, it was a surprising sight to see the fellow high school students not wonder about Bryant coming in for the event.

Moreover, the superstar made headlines even at his prom. Bryant came in with former Grammy award winning star, Brandy Norwood at his prom. He eventually showed up three hours later, and the media went swarming in. With rumors of the pop star singing at the event, Norwood declined the claims and said she is just there to have some fun.

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While Kobe Bryant went on to become a sensation in his field, it is surprising to see how his high school did not like him as much. What do you think about this incident? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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