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July 12, 1996 — Kobe Bryant, 17, jokes with the media as he holds his Los Angeles Lakers jersey during a news conference in Inglewood, Calif. Bryant was acquired from the Charlotte Hornets by the Lakers in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac. (Susan Sterner/AP)

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