Kobe Bryant Says Entering NBA out of High School Was His ‘Best Decision’

February 13th, 2016 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Kobe Bryant made the controversial decision to jump straight from Lower Merion High School to the NBA in 1996, and the Los Angeles Lakers legend told reporters in Toronto on Saturday that he has never regretted the choice.

When asked to reflect on the best choice he's made during his 20-year tenure in the pros, the Black Mamba pointed to the one that allowed him to transition to the Association at just 18 years old.  

"The best decision (I ever made was) coming straight to the NBA and skipping college," Bryant said, according to USA Today's Mike Bohn. "That's it—the best one."

Bryant later elaborated on his response but cautioned that his polarizing route to the NBA wouldn't suit every high-profile prospect, per Bohn:

You have high school players that go to college, stay for four years and come out and they're not ready; you got certain high school players that skip college and they're ready. So I think it depends on the mentors that you have, it depends on the internal motivation or spirit of the kid himself. Ultimately it depends on the teachers that you have and the mentors that you have. You can ...

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