Get ready to slither your way through to the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City this coming July 21, where Kobe Bryant will show off his basketball prowess and hold a special basketball camp. Tickets are limited though, so if you want to see the NBA champ in person, do line up early at the Nike Park, The Fort on Saturday, July 18, where they’ll be giving away passes on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 12 p.m.
Now, before Kobe Bryant ever demanded as much attention as this, the Black Mamba was just a high school basketball standout—promising but unproven. Many in the NBA were excited for his eventual jump from the preps to the pros, and many believed he’d accomplish great things. But not a lot thought he’d really be a legitimate Air Apparent. Today, 13 years later after being drafted 13th by the Charlotte Hornets, all that dizzying potential have been validated. Hands down, and at least for the time being, Kobe is king.
But true kings come far and few in-between. What you will see now are the most promising straight-from-high-school NBA players who sunk to the occasion, and failed to fulfill their potential. We dub them, the ‘Anti-Kobes.’
Point Guard, Drafted 13th in 2004 Draft
Telfair and Kobe may have had the same draft positions, but that’s where the similarities end. Telfair was dubbed as the next great point guard from the legendary street courts of Brooklyn, New York, but so far he has been wildly inconsistent in the pros. He’s already on his third team in 5 years, and though there may still be time to turn his career northward, that time is running out. This cousin of former NBA star, and current NBA sideshow Stephon Marbury, even had his very own Sports Illustrated cover before he even stepped onto an NBA court. But unlike Lebron James, we’re betting that Telfair won’t be making another appearance, what with averages of just 8.2 points and 4 assists per game.
Reveals it all in:
The biographical book, The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High-Stakes Business of High School Ball by Ian O’ Connor, and the documentary Through the Fire by Jonathan Hock.