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Remembering Kobe Bryant’s Legendary 2002 Rucker Park Performance

Every day the NBA evolves with news…it still doesn’t seem real that one man isn’t alive to witness greatness.

The late Kobe Bryant is someone who showed he’s committed and has the upper hand on any opponent prior to lacing up his sneakers.

It was July 18, 2002, where the Mamba made an appearance in New York where the greatest talent were at the world’s most famous basketball court.

“Kobe Bryant approached Rucker Park, the streetball institution in Harlem. He wore a powder blue sleeveless shirt and dark shades; an oversized key-pendant swung from his chain with each step. Onlookers sprinted toward the park’s metal fencing, meant to separate superstars from the streets, to catch a glimpse. A boom mic dangled in front of Bryant’s face. An army of security guards flanked him. Hannibal, an omnipresent announcer at Rucker, wore Bryant’s No. 8 jersey,” per ESPN.

The Lakers swept the New Jersey Nets (Brooklyn Nets) in the NBA Finals prior to his arrival and Bryant delivered emphatically.

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