Kobe came to Harlem Rucker Park 2002 after winning 3 rings with the Lakers!


Kobe came to Harlem Rucker Park 2002 after winning 3 rings with the Lakers!

The world froze after Kobe's Bryants untimely death on Sunday. But I remember when Harlem Froze when Kobe came to Harlem Rucker Park 2002 after win 3 rings with the Lakers and torched the other team it was iconic. The then-23-year-old, number eight wearing Black Mamba laced up and put on a show at Harlem’s famed Holcombe Rucker Park — coming off his three-peat championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

For many Harlemites and basketball fans, Kobe Bryant's displayed the most electric game they had ever The crowd went crazy everytime he touch the basketball.

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 “The memory I’ll definitely take away is the people down there at the game watching…and interacting with them,” Bryant said in an interview following his Rucker game in which Kobe sported an “Entertainers” jersey.

“Having a good time with them, talking trash,” he continued.

The Harlem crowd showed plenty of love to the hype-man proclaimed “Lord of The Rings.” 

The MC Jeffery “Hannibal” Banks, who was announcing the game.

Then came Kobe-wan Kenobi, The Final Frontier, Junkyard Dog, and so many more names for the to-be-hall of famer. That’s my man right there,” Bryant said, noting that the names Hannibal and others donned were “very, very creative.”

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Because of the rain, Bryant’s performance ended prematurely; though not before an afternoon of 15 points, 7 assists, and 7 boards on the Rucker concrete.  

Meanwhile, the EBC immediately payed homage to Bryant for not only his 2002 performance but his career as a whole shortly after the sad news broke yesterday.

“It’s the basketball knowledge and the passion that people have in the city,” Bryant said on the Rucker hardwood when asked about what’s made New York so special to him.“I think it’s beautiful,” he continued while talking about the global expansion of the sport. 

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2 comments


  • Crystal Dupree

    Rest Well Mamba one of the greatest ever


  • Crystal Dupree

    Rest Well Mamba one of the greatest ever


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