Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant instructs basketball players at Durango High School. Bryant, who set up the clinic’s structure, participated in similar camps in Philadelphia and Los Angeles this summer.
Kobe Bryant shows Legeary Stewart, a student at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, how to box out Tuesday during a clinic for high school-age players at Las Vegas Durango High School.
Kobe Bryant does a demonstration with Las Vegas Shadow Ridge High School’s Tyler Marshall during a session on how to watch video and break down tape, part of a two-hour clinic Bryant led Tuesday at Durango.
Kobe Bryant spent Tuesday in Las Vegas on a rehabilitation assignment.
Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slowly has been rebuilding his image. Part of that rebuilding has included participating in basketball clinics such as the one conducted at Durango High School, where 85 high school-age players received a special basketball tutoring session from the NBA’s leading scorer last season.
Bryant’s reputation hasn’t improved overnight. It has been more of an ongoing process. The fact he was chosen to be in the player pool for Team USA was a big step toward restoring his credibility with sponsors. Nike, for one, has stayed loyal to Kobe Bryant. Bryant’s No. 8 Lakers jersey is among the top 25 best-sellers.
Bryant had surgery on his left knee before Team USA’s recent training camp in Las Vegas. Without him, the squad has still gotten off to a fast start at the FIBA World Championships in Japan, posting a 3-0 record and beating its opponents by an average of 20 points going into today’s game against Italy.
“They’re doing great,” said Bryant, who was at the Thomas & Mack Center on Aug. 1 when Team USA scrimmaged Puerto Rico. “The way they’ve been playing so far has been very impressive.”
Bryant said it appears USA Basketball is taking the world championships far more seriously than in the past. Bryant said regardless of how Team USA fares in Japan in the next 12 days, he is committed to training with the squad in Las Vegas next summer, provided he’s healthy.
Lakers Kobe Bryant said his knee was coming along, and he expects to be ready when the Los Angeles Lakers visit Las Vegas in mid-October for two preseason games. The NBA Lakers will face Phoenix on Oct. 15 and Sacramento on Oct. 17 at the Thomas & Mack.
Kobe Bryant has been a frequent visitor to Las Vegas. He visited a youngster at a local hospital this summer as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He’ll be back in town in October and again in February, when the NBA has its All-Star Game at the Thomas & Mack.
“That’s going to be crazy,” Kobe Bryant said of the Feb. 16 to 18 All-Star Weekend. “The energy in Vegas is going to be unbelievable.”
Source: LV Review Journal
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Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant instructs a clinic for basketball players at Durango High School.