Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is a hero in the City of Angels, but he hails from the other side of the country. The five-time NBA champion was brought up in Philadelphia, and now the house he grew up in is up for sale. The last time it was on the market was when his parents sold it back in 2008.
According to People.com, the Colonial-style house is now on the market for $899,900. “The 3,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Inside, there’s a spacious office and a large living room that leads into a formal dining room.”
But the biggest attraction of the house is out in the backyard. The hoop that a young Bryant used for practice is still intact and will certainly draw in visitors and potential buyers.
After being born in Philadelphia, Bryant later moved to Italy. His father was playing professionally in the Italian league after spending eight seasons in the NBA. When his career in Italy ended, they moved back to Philadelphia.
The seller is Kate Bayer, who bought the house 12 years ago. She said that it was an honor to have lived in the same house as the late legend and the whole neighborhood was excited about it.
“When we moved in, everyone, and I mean everyone asked, ‘do you know who lived there?’ she said. “They were excited. The mailman, trash collectors, every neighbor… people walking down the street.”
After his death, Bryant left behind an everlasting legacy, one that players dream to achieve. On August 24, the world celebrated Mamba Day, just one day after Bryant’s birthday. The Lakers played the Blazers in Game 4 of the Playoffs on that day, and LeBron James revealed how he felt that Kobe was watching over them during that win.
The Lakers are yet to win a title since Bryant last took them all the way back in 2010. After many years of drought, success seems around the corner. This season, they are one of the favorites to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy and they will certainly hope to bring it home for Kobe.
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