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How Kobe Bryant’s death brought Bobby McIlvaine — an athlete, a scholar, the friend I should’ve known better — back to life | Mike Sielski

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Raishad Hardnett Almost two decades after his brother’s passing, Jeff McIlvaine never expected to find a video of his brother Bobby playing against Kobe Bryant in high school.

A better version of Bobby Photo by Mike Sielski Bobby McIlvaine was one of the two top-ranked male students in the Upper Dublin Class of 1993 and attended Princeton University after graduating. In one of the eulogies, Ken Senior described Bobby as “Charming and engaging, special in the way that world leaders are special.” Those who had kept in touch with him told me that Bobby had developed into a terrific listener, someone you could talk to anytime about anything. Upper Dublin High School erected a bench with Bobby’s name etched on it, with a clear view of the school’s athletic fields, and every year on Sept. 11, one of our classmates and her father would return to campus, make themselves comfortable on Bobby’s bench, and crack open a couple of beers for a toast in his honor.

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