New Orleans Hornets Draft Picks: Chris Paul, J. R. Smith, David West, Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur, Adam Haluska, Darren Collison

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General Books LLC, Aug 20, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 66 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 42. Chapters: Charlotte Hornets draft picks, Kobe Bryant, Darrin Hancock, Chris Paul, Alonzo Mourning, Baron Davis, Larry Johnson, J. R. Smith, Jamaal Magloire, Ricky Davis, Tony Bennett, David West, Malik Rose, Kendall Gill, Cole Aldrich, Rex Chapman, Darren Collison, Tony Delk, Julian Wright, Steve Scheffler, Darrell Arthur, Hilton Armstrong, Scott Burrell, Adam Haluska, Brandon Bass, Lee Nailon, Cedric Simmons, George Zidek, Andrew Betts, James Lang, J. R. Reid, Tom Tolbert, Marcus Vinicius, Kirk Haston, Greg Graham, Kevin Lynch, Tim Pickett, Dyron Nix. Excerpt: Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He decided to declare his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest. Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O'Neal's trade from the Lakers after the 2003-04 season. In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault after having sex with a hotel employee in Colorado. In September 2004, prosecutors dropped the case after his accuser refused to testify, and Bryant had to rebuild his image while becoming the cornerstone of the Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, setting numerous scoring record...

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