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Before Kobe Bryant was a five-time NBA champion with a shoe contract and a short film, he was just a regular high school kid who was documented by famous sports photographers on his way to class and who brought R&B stars to the prom. To remind us of that fact, someone from his alma mater, Lower Merion High School, dug up this old highlight reel from the Aces' 1996 Pennsylvania state championship run. Kobe looks, of course, dominant over his peers — at the 3:50 mark, he dribbles the length of the court and through the entire opposing team for a dunk that sealed an overtime win. There's commentary and muzack from an electric keyboard demo tape here, and it all spills into a Hoosiers-esque montage with a "One Shining Moment" remix at the end. Robert Rodriguez had nothing to do with this, and that's kind of what makes it so wonderful.


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