#TBT: Kobe Bryant, Charlotte Hornet

Brief glory days in Charlotte.
by June 25, 2015

Nineteen years ago, back when the Lakers appeared to be building around Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones, back when Orlando fans were clinging to Shaq like Kings fans to Boogie Cousins, way back in ’96, for just a few minutes, Kobe Bryant—yeah, Kobe—was a Charlotte Hornet.

“He’s a winning style guy,” Hubie Brown said of the 17-year-old. Uh, yeah.