Do these photos (one more after the jump) blow your mind? Kobe Bryant smiling and wearing Celtics gear just seems so completely wrong that it almost feels right. Not really, but that was a good way to end that sentence.

Anyways, these pics come from Kobe’s predraft workouts, way back in 1996. Boston had the sixth pick back then, so they worked out Kobe before settling on Antoine Walker as the young star who would lead them out of the Dana Barros and Dee Brown wasteland. I’m not saying Kobe Bryant would have won the Celtics a title earlier than 2008, but I am saying Kobe’s most notable achievement is not a thousand Photoshops of his trademark shimmy. So maybe a tiny whoops there.

On one hand, they missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime talent who is a sure-fire, first ballot Hall of Famer. But on the other hand, they did end up snaring the guy who said he only shoots threes “because there are no fours.”

You win some and you lose some, I guess.

(via BobbyOnealGibbs)

Comments (14)

  1. om y god fuck these pictures.

  2. Look how bright eyed he is. I couldn’t imagine him ever looking that happy-go-lucky

  3. I just threw up in my mouth a little…

  4. Why you gotta dog on Toine like that, man
    He scored 19 points last game. Kobe had 24. Big deal. Toine beat him in rebounds too.

  5. LOL @ NateJ…. like they’re even in the same league..


    Unless you’re an NBA GM. Then please return his calls. Please.

  7. Huh…

    I always tought Kobe would look good in Cs green… He does…

  8. Is that DJ in the second picture?

  9. Toby, yup thats DJ. RIP Trout.

    Am I the only one who thinks Kobe in the first picture looks EXACTLY the same as he does now. other than his build and his smile, Kobe doesn’t look like he aged. Can we add that to the list of things Kobe is determined to beat.

  10. He looks like Tyler the Creator

  11. Lakers fans would hate to see this.. hahaha

  12. I am a Laker fan, and I loved seeing these photos.

    Great drafting Celtics. hahaha

  13. This all just makes me really miss Antoine Walker

  14. Pre rape…we think…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *