Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 10:45 am  |  63 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Kobe Summer of ’97

Dammmmmn. I forgot Kobe had hops like this once upon a time. Dude can still get up there, don’t get me wrong, but this dunk was ego-crushing. This was years before Ben Wallace ever won a DPOY award and I think this dunk (and lack of PT/skill/whatever) would have kept him out of the running in ’97. POSTERIZATION at its finest.

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  • Bryan


  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Amazing clip. I think this was summer of 97 though, hence the fro.

  • http://slamonline.com Clay Fisher

    Kobe really needs highlight DVD at this point in his career. Something Black Mamba: Been doin’ this sh!t for years

  • lexluther703

    Loso voice: NICEEEEEEE.. but check after the vid for the one where he owns Hakeem the Dream, that’s the real money-maker

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Kobe was one of the most creative dunkers in the league back in the day…he shows glimpses sometimes of his mad hops now though.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The dunk on Olajuwon by Kobe was nice also…

  • http://Www.dimemag.com Royal

    Kobe has lost all of his bounce……now all he does is that fugly two handed dunk when he is wide open. I still wished he would have finished that dunk on Paul Pierce during this years finals. But then again why dunk when you are
    as crafty as he is on the offensive end.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Lost all his bounce??? He played on a bad knee all year long. Some but not all

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    My favourite Bryant dunk. The bench is fantastic.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    daaaaaaaaaaamn.. i can’t stop watching that, i know it’s bad defense as well, but that was a dirty crossover.


    I like the Kobe dunk on Dwight Howard better.

  • asmatic asiatic 02

    I remember that this dunk was kind of like his coming out party. He had that bad last game against utah the season before and this dunk was in the following preseason. I think he came out strong and started in the allstar game that year…

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    afro Kobe was so dope! Dudes dunks were dis-re-spect-ful

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    dwight-poster best.

  • Bruno

    the reaction from the bench is what makes this dunk have no competition against the one on Howard

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Man … sick!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    The dunk on Steve Nash tops Dwight,Ben Wallace, and Yao Ming

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    ^no Kap.. the one on steve couldve gone as an offensive foul. dwight’s poster is more “nash”-ty..

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    cosign KAP: the dunk on Yao was epic, due to the buzz and height and the rest were just sick. Especially the MVPFU on Nash.

  • http://Yahoo Shanoooooooo

    My fav Kobe dunk was the one against the Nuggets when he went behind his back on a defender to do a reverse slam. Straight Nasty

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    @J, if that is an offensive foul, you do not know basketball. Trying to slip under a defender while jumping is disgusting. AND he was already falling before Kobe initiated any contact. But good try.
    All the dunks Kobe had on the baseline were sick too, one on Doug Christie, Dirk, and about 8 others.

  • karma

    I think people tend to forget that Kobe’s been playing at a ridiculously HIGH level since about 2000 and that he’s been a perenial all-star since 1998. That’s a loooong time to stay on top…just look at other people from his draft class and where they are now.

  • karma

    Though my fav. Kobe dunk is the one where he goes baseline against Utah (2004-2005 season), goes up, spins 180 in mid air to get a better angle and then puts it down. That dunk is RIDICULOUSLY difficult. I also like the side windmill he did against Utah in 2001 where he flexes after the dunk.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    1996- Iverson, Camby, Shareef, Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine, Lorenzen wright, Kerry Kittles, Samaki Walker, Erick Dampier, Todd Fuller, Potapenko, KOBE, Peja, Nash, Tony Delk, J Oneal, John Wallace, McCarty, Zydrunas, Dontae Jones, Roy Rogers, Rentzias, Fisher, Muursepp, Jerome Willaims, Brian Evens, Priest, Travis Knight – in order.

    Allen, Damp, Z, Fisher, and Camby are the only ones who are even relevant.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    One of my favourite dunks is in 2008 on April 11th. Loose ball, Kobe grabs it and does a reverse dunk on the whole New Orleans team. Considering Kobe was 30 and got up like that, AND it was fighting for first place in the West (which basically sealed it), it was amazing.

  • unrel

    kobe has some of the best dunks… he and shaq during those years.. were dunking on everyone..

  • sample

    @james the balla: i think nash is still relevant, the only thing that relevant to dampier is his contract.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    I missed Nash … lol yes, Nash is very relevant. Buttt, you get the point.
    Nash is still going into the books as the only player EVER to win two MVP’s and have zero final appearances, lead the league in assists as many times as he has and zero finals appearances, and in my opinion. The only player to ever win an MVP and literally play pylon defence.

  • karma

    Nash did deserve those MVPs though…especially in 04/05 when he revived the Suns. 2006 should have been Kobe…especially considering without him, that team would have been 13th in the West.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Uncle05Sam Earl

    Slamadamonth, SLAM 24!

  • karma

    I hate how people forget how ridiculously good Kobe was even before Shaq left. This dude has 9 straight 40+ games in 2002/2003.

    He was the reason the Lakers won game 4 of the 2000 Finals. He posted ridiculously averages against the Spurs in 2001, and the Nets in 2002.

    He was avging 30 in 2003 with Shaq on his team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    When I could actually stomach this cat….great fu*king dunk!

  • JTaylor21

    the most overrated dunker of all-time. Did you see that weak dunks he had in the dunk contest. he had already started to put the ball through his legs before he even jumped trying and failing to copy the eastbay funk dunk. Now all he does is his rim grazing crap, knee injury my a**. Dude never had hops like VC, Wilkins, MJ, JRich, etc not even close.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    The most overrated dunker of all-time lol.
    Hate is weird sometimes.

  • JTaylor21

    james th ball is right for the first time in ages. Nash is right up here with the most overrated players in history. His MVP numbers were average compared to PGs that won the MVP before. Like Magic avg. 23/7/13 one year blows away anything nash puts up and Oscar well u know how that story goes. Paul also put up 23/6/11/3 but came in second to kome. Nash 15/11 and 18/11 don’t look so good when put up with other greats. I don’t care that he shot 50/40/90 when you play defense or lack of like he does he should not even be mentioned for MVp. People always bit** about bron not yet winning a ring but nash has played on better teams with great players ala Dirk and Amare but he hasn’t even made it to the finals. It sure pays to be white.

  • Omnixyience


    you talk so much, I don’t bother
    ask you to stop hating and just respect
    his game, but you live and get attention
    by hating so keep doing it. LOL

    bet you can’t even dunk and jump on a 5’2 person LOL!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    JTaylor please don’t so-sign me again, and stop the racism.

  • ConeyIslander

    How’s it taste Mutha F$%K3r?!?! *Chappelle voice* LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I don’t know who is worse JTaylor or Philospher…

  • http://freeones.com jbn74sb

    To think how many points he would have at this point in his career had he started off on a sh-tty team as the man like punk*ss LeBron.

  • skywalker

    jtaylor has some weak comments, don’t worry guys kobe will be healthier this coming season, i think we will see him throw it down a couple times, hopefully not to many of those fastbreak gentle flush dunks. his finger should be a little better

  • The Philosopher

    And, you consistently get owned up here. lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I knew that would bring you out of hiding…you have to admit Kobes highlight reel is much more impressive than Lebrons up to now.

  • unrel

    @JT… you’re white comment is stupid.. and i can’t believe you’re comparing bron to nash about 0 finals appearances.. what are you talking about?.. you’re better off comparing nash’s eye to lebron’s elbow.. can the SLAMmunity agree to ignore this kid?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    My apologies Philosopher, JTaylor is worst. @ least your lebron love is humorous.

  • The Philosopher

    I honestly and genuinely appreciate your expectation AND yearning for my commentary that you profoundly respect and admire. It is flattering to me.
    Although this particular Kobe highlight is of high quality, I respectfully AND vigorously disagree on your thesis that Kobe’s highlight is better than… THE KING’s, for there are many highlight videos of The King and his exploits.
    But, I’m SURE you are already aware of that. Besides, it is only a highlight reel.

  • The Philosopher

    Appreciate the apology, but none needed, brethren.
    You’re my dude.

  • shredder

    the game’s so much faster now. god defenses use to move so slow. that crossover was hardly speedy, and the dunk was dope but he aint even up that high. kobe was still a pup then.

  • JD

    Wow. Why havent i seen that on before its so good!

  • lupe

    LeBron is 3 times more talented than Kobe is, easily. But Kobe has gotten the MOST out of his talent, and of having good ass teammates.

  • sean

    yeah man i think ppl take kobe for granted sometimes. its gonna suck when he retires one day

  • Cool Dude

    Why yall even tripping over jtaylor? The moment you see his name you should be expecting “slurp slurp lebron slurp”

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    I’m surprised that no one has mentioned the dunk Kobe had against Denver where he took the ball all the way around his back and then 360′d in traffic. The single most creative in game dunk I’ve seen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    James, read my post, i said “could’ve”.. you know how good is nash at drawing that kind of fouls right? you know the REFS right? That is arguable. With all o’ that dwights poster was PLAIN CLEAN NASTY, the guy litterally rides howard’s torso.. So imo thats better to me.. man cant believe im defending kobe, from you.. Lol!

  • Robb

    @JTaylor21 probably those dunks at the slam dunk contest were kind of weak but his in game dunks are great, you can’t say he’s a weak dunker after all the posterization he’s done during his career. Dwight, Yao, Ben, Garnett, you name it.

  • cp3fan

    The crosssover was nasty too. People don’t give him enough credit for the crossover he used to have. Too bad the league banned him and AI from doing their moves.

  • C.B

    He dont got the hops now, but he still has above average hang time. Like in 2009 finals that one move he did to dwight howard, and other cool stuff

  • Mcfly

    Thus one is good but two of my other favorites is the one against the wolves and the one at new York. YouTube it.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    That’s not even one of the top dunks in Kobe’s career. He has plenty better, one over Yao, Dwight, 360 catch ally oop and behind the back spin dunk against some sorry nuggets player, or the up and under against the knicks. Kobe is one of the best in game dunkers ever. BOOK IT!!!

  • pennydunk_1

    Top 5 sg ever? For me it’s
    5 – J.R. Rider
    4 – Kobe
    3 – Wade
    2 – Jordan
    1 – Vince

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed
  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Mmmmm. Lebron would have a great highlight reel if he was in a league where big men still attempted blocks instead of offensive fouls… Or didn’t move out of the way so much.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    Ayo, Im sorry, but The Kobe Reverse dunk against the Hornets in 08-09 was the Highest I’ve Ever Seen Him Jump. That Dunk was off the richter.