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Kobe shunned, bypassed by several teams heading into ’96 draft - NYPOST.com

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"They told me it was the two best workouts they’d ever seen," he said. "That’s it, I figured, I was going be a Clipper and play in L.A. I was pumped!" Before Bryant had finished his fantasy, his magic carpet ride crashed. Out of nowhere, Baylor and Fitch flipped the switch. "Your skill level is off the charts. Your athleticism is exceptional. And your energy and enthusiasm are remarkable," they gushed. "But we can’t draft you." Huh? What! Why not? "Because people out here won’t think we’re serious if we draft a high school kid at No. 7." So, Baylor and Fitch showed they meant business by plucking Memphis center Lorenzen Wright (whose July 2010 murder remains unsolved). Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/kobe_shunned_bypassed_by_several_HMWsicdEnlJUhqhwDdmXNI#ixzz1mBqZ9cI3

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