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Elder Bryant is 'a great basketball mind'

Updated: March 12, 2010, 5:25 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- When Kobe Bryant's basketball upbringing is mentioned, it's said Bryant is the son of a player, but it's often overlooked that he's also the son of a coach.

Bryant's father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, played eight seasons in the NBA for Philadelphia, San Diego and Houston, and seven more as a professional in Italy. When his playing career ended, he embarked on a career on the sidelines, first as a girls high school coach and later as a collegiate men's assistant coach at his ...

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