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Watch a rookie Kobe Bryant on the court against the Vancouver Grizzlies (VIDEO)

Early in his NBA career, Bryant was a standout player, as seen in this game

Check out a rookie Kobe Bryant of the L.A. Lakers on the court in Vancouver against the Grizzlies in 1997:

"The jumpy and springy rookie Kobe Bryant records one of his best first year games at Vancouver," notes the video of the Jan. 5, 1997 game. 

Bryant died Jan. 26, 2020, at age 41, in a helicopter crash in Southern California. Also killed was Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.

The retired NBA star was on his way to a game at his sports academy when the crash occurred.