Before they were stars: Kobe Bryant

Originally Published: June 1, 2010
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

By the time Kobe Bryant hit his first game-winning shot in the NBA, the process had almost become routine.

Bryant, who left on-lookers awestruck this season with six last-second daggers, had already acted out the moment time and time again, long before even lofting up an attempt in the pros.

Almost every day, a young Kobe would jog to Wynnewood Park, just blocks away from his Philadelphia home, and shoot seemingly endless amounts of jumpers and layups, envisioning what it would ...

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