There is one story out there that a 17-year old high school Bryant competed in pickup games with the Philadelphia 76ers and he would even have a few 1-on-1 games with a few of the players. One of them was Jerry Stackhouse who Bryant supposedly beat consistently.
Knowing about Bryant’s history and the legendary basketball player that he is, the story does not seem so far fetched. Me being 20-years old, could you imagine a 17-year old beating me, consistently? I’d have hurt him firstdid we play 1-on-1? Yes.