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22 Hours of Unseen Kobe Bryant Footage Could Fetch $250,000 at Auction

Kobe Bryant put forth one of the most iconic careers in NBA history that have established him as an all-time great. That has unsurprisingly led to a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction that has added another layer to his impressive two decades in the league all spent with the Los Angeles Lakers. That further boosted the amount of prestige around anything that is associated with him or his work on the basketball court. With that in mind, numerous hours of unseen footage has made its way to an auction for a massive amount of money.

Kobe Bryant’s illustrious NBA career

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Kobe Bryant entered the NBA as a young player out of high school with plenty of his hype and praise for his potential. It didn’t take long for him to live up to those expectations as he quickly became one of the league’s top players behind his talent and relentless work ethic.

Bryant has numerous personal accolades, such as being an 18-time All-Star, a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, an 11-time All-NBA First Team selection, nine-time All-Defensive First-Team member, and three-time All-Defensive Second Team selection, among others. He also holds many Lakers’ all-time record while placing himself third on the all-time regular-season scoring list and fourth on the all-time postseason scoring list.

That has earned him the reputation as being one of the greatest players in league history and numerous comparisons to Michael Jordan along the way. Aside from that, Bryant carved out his legacy that left an everlasting impact on basketball.

22 hours of unseen Kobe Bryant’s footage up for auction

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There are numerous items related to Kobe Bryant and his basketball career that have garnered tremendous value in auctions.

The latest that is making the rounds concerns 22 hours of footage of Bryant before he entered the NBA from the Ross Online Productions Before They Were Pros Media Library that was produced by director Stu Ross that is being auctioned for $250,000, according to Profile in History.

While there are many superstar interviews and game footage in the collection including LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tom Brady, Ryan Braun, Shaquille O’Neal and Wayne Gretzky, the highlight of the library is 22+ hours of Kobe Bryant high school games and interviews (approximately 60% game vs. 40% interview footage) – the vast majority of which has not been seen by the public, since only a portion was once-aired and that was to a very limited audience!  

That is an unprecedented amount of video available that could provide more insight into who Bryant was before entering the league. That footage has become more valued, especially after his tragic passing earlier this year, which garnered a greater appreciation for his contributions on and off the court over the years.

Could there be a Kobe Bryant documentary?

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The bigger question that continues to crop up is the potential that Kobe Bryant could have a documentary about his career.

In the wake of the success that ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary had, it has made a strong push to see Bryant at the center of another series. There are reports that a camera crew followed his entire final season, which could pave the way to a documentary coming to light soon.

That could see footage from his high school days included to provide a more well-rounded picture of his upbringing and who he was as a person. There should be more on this front quite soon with many clamoring to get a better insight into who Kobe Bryant.