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Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:56 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is being honored by Lower Merion High School, his alma mater, with its gym being named after him. Posted by Ben Golliver

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is, without question, a basketball nerd. His attention to detail and work ethic are extraordinary, and he's been known as a top-level gym rat ever since he entered the NBA. And what more could a gym rat desire than his high school gym named in his honor? That's exactly what Bryant is set to receive later this month, when Philadelphia-area Lower Merion High School, where Bryant won a state title in 1996 and famously took R & B singer Brandy to prom, will dedicate Kobe Bryant Gynasium. The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Bryant, who jumped straight from high school to the NBA, used an old Ivy League trick, making a sizeable donation to help get his name on the building.
This year, Bryant, the perennial all-star and face of the Los Angeles Lakers, donated $411,000 to the Lower Merion School District. The gift, the largest ever to the district, is to help fund "a series of inspirational, interactive, and educational displays" at the newly completed, $100 million high school.
The school board voted to name the gym after Bryant, citing not just his donation but a history of support for the school, whose Aces basketball team he led to a state championship in 1996.
ESPNLA.com quotes Bryant, who sounds pretty stoked by the news.
"It's cool for me," Bryant said. "That's obviously where playing in the NBA kind of became a realistic goal. I put a lot of work in, a lot of hours in that gym, with a lot of people that support me and still support me to this day. It will be cool to go back there."
That Bryant is being recognized in this manner while still playing professionally at a championship level makes one wonder what honors will be left for him during his retirement? That's what is known as a good problem to have.
Comments

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:42 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

I don't understand the Kobe hate. He came out of this highschool and is obviously the best player to do so. So what that he donated money? Good for Kobe and good for the school. He  will certainly go down in history as once of the best players in NBA history, why should he not be honored for that accomplishment?



Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:39 am
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

He needs to donate 10 million to Shaq for snitching on him!



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:49 am
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

The previous individuals show no class.... I am a former graduate at the high school back in 1971. I am honored to have him dedicate money to my former high school gym. I teach and coach now in WV and anything he can do to promote education and give back to his community is wanted.  PS - WE need tennis courts - do you think you could help me in Morgantown WV???  hehe



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

$411,000, thats it? What the hell is that gonna do when they spent $100 mill on the school? And you make $30 million a year, so how about giving your school some more than what you spend on a car.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:20 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

Th only part of the gym he should have his name on is the back door.



Since: Jul 4, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2010 9:09 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

At least they worked it so Ben Rapedisburger can MC.  Nice!



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2010 7:46 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

it has a rape center under the bleachers.......allegedly of course.....



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:52 pm
 

Kobe Bryant gets high school gym named after him

Does this gym have a conjugal room??


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