“The head coach made us all stupid”

Kobe Bryant is best known for his iconic NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers. But before Kobe even played professional basketball for a second, he was one of the top high school players in the country in Lower Merion. His success there even led him to drop out of college and go straight to the NBA.

However, during those teenage years, Bryant crossed paths with another future superstar, comedian Kevin Hart, and he completely embarrassed him during a basketball camp.

Kobe Bryant was a high school superstar in Lower Merion

Kobe Bryant was a rookie in his high school from the start, but, despite having a future Hall of Fame on their roster, the team went 4-20 in their first season.

After that, however, they were one of the best teams in Pennsylvania, going 77-13 over the next three seasons.

According to Penn Live, Bryant averaged 31.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a junior and won the Pennsylvania Player of the Year award. He then continued with 30.8 points, 12 boards, 6.5 assists, 3.8 blocks and 4.0 steals per game in his senior year, and he led his school to a state title.

Bryant won the Naismith High School and Gatorade Men’s National Basketball Player of the Year awards this past season, and he ended his preparation career with 2,883 career points, which was a state record.

However, during this time, he also crossed paths with the one and only Kevin Hart.

Kobe embarrassed Kevin Hart at basketball camp

Kobe Bryant of the United States Men’s National Team on June 21, 2008. | Ethan Miller / Getty Images

Like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Hart is also from the Philadelphia area, so the two have attended the same basketball camp before.

Although Hart is less than 5 feet, 5 inches (his exact height has been debated), he still had major hoops aspirations.

“I’m on the same basketball camp as the nation’s number one basketball player,” Hart said on his Instagram in 2020, according to USA Today’s For the Win. “Well that means I have to be number two. I must be number two.

But days later, Hart quickly learned that basketball probably wasn’t in his future.

“‘Look at Kobe Bryant,'” the camp head coach Hart recalled, saying, according to For The Win. “He shows up here every day and he works. Kobe Bryant hasn’t put the basketball in his right hand since coming to camp. He’s here to work only on his left hand.

So, was Bryant just using camp to get stronger with his left hand? It seems so.

“The opportunity that I thought was the biggest of my life turned out to be a fucking training mat for Kobe Bryant,” Hart said, per For The Win. “We didn’t even know he was training against us until the head coach made us all feel stupid for not working as hard as him.”

Hart also recently recalled the story on the Black News Channel with fellow camper Marc Lamont Hill who is a famous academic and TV personality (H / T Essentially Sports).

“Kobe Bryant was so good; he chose to work on his left hand while other children came to see if they had what it takes; we were actually trying to prepare for our future, ”Hart said on the Nov. 30 episode of Black news tonight.

Lucky for Hart, they were both very successful.

As you probably know, Kobe Bryant won five NBA Championships and two Finals MVPs with the Lakers. He also won the league MVP title and retired among the all-time top five for total points scored.

Hart, on the other hand, didn’t stick to basketball, but he’s now one of the most famous actors and comedians around. He even built up an estimated net worth of $ 200 million and won several different awards.

Hart, however, has played in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game several times and has won the MVP award four years in a row.

Kobe Bryant may have embarrassed Kevin Hart when they were teenagers, but things turned out well for the comedian in the end.

Net worth courtesy of Celebrity Net Worth

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